Hazel nuts!

Gail H
Gail H Posts: 359 ✭✭✭✭
edited October 2020 in Wild Edibles & Medicinals

After many (5?) years of waiting we finally harvested our first hazel nuts! Our persimmons are just starting to ripen, so I will make a persimmon cake with hazel nuts.

The way I was dancing around, you'd think that I'd won the lottery. :o)


  • judsoncarroll4
    judsoncarroll4 Posts: 5,282 admin

    Those are two of my favorites.... love the cake plan! Ann honest fruit cake is hard to beat.

  • LaurieLovesLearning
    LaurieLovesLearning Posts: 7,210 admin

    Hazelnuts. I think my grandparents had those along the path to the barn. I never did get to try any.

  • Torey
    Torey Posts: 5,396 admin

    I was just out picking wild hazelnuts today! When we last checked they were still green and the bushes were loaded. When we went back today, there were hardly any! Didn't think anyone had been picking them as some of what we did find were still a bit green. Didn't think it was the bears. Then my daughter found the evidence. A pile of shells at the base of one of the bushes. The squirrels had beaten us to them. :( So we found about two cups of nuts, (including the husks). But we did dig up two small bushes to bring home. Sure hope they take root in their new location.

    Did get a nice batch of hawthorns that the bears hadn't discovered.

  • marjstratton
    marjstratton Posts: 1,131 ✭✭✭✭

    Love hazelnuts, but haven't managed to get and growing. Buy them from a local farmer up in Bellingham.

  • dipat2005
    dipat2005 Posts: 1,203 ✭✭✭✭

    When I was growing up we had a wonderful filbert tree. Later after we moved back to the Willamette Valley we bought a house and didn't realize there was a small filbert tree mixed in with another bush. One day there were filberts but the next day they were all gone. We had heard something inside the bush chattering and all of the nut shells were on the ground. We had planned to pick our filberts but they were gone courtesy of the squirrels.

    Come to find out later that these same nuts (filberts) were actually called Hazelnuts! I always laughed at the squirrels because they got to those nuts at least a day before we did!

  • Annie Kate
    Annie Kate Posts: 680 ✭✭✭✭

    Yes, we have hazelnuts and we rarely get any. Pity. But we have contented squirrels that are so busy harvesting that they make paths in our grass. LOL

  • Torey
    Torey Posts: 5,396 admin

    Update on the hazelnuts we dug last fall. They are doing well with signs of buds appearing!

    This has given us hope and we will be heading out in a couple of weeks for a spring transplanting and see how well they take in comparison with fall transplanting.

    I will keep everyone updated with progress as to how quickly they grow and when they start to have nuts. Then it will be a matter of finding something to deter the squirrels.

  • naomi.kohlmeier
    naomi.kohlmeier Posts: 380 ✭✭✭

    Our hazelnut trees are 3 years old this year...can't wait until we get hazelnuts!!!

  • frogvalley
    frogvalley Posts: 675 ✭✭✭✭

    Ah ha! Squirrels. That's why I haven't seen any nuts. When we moved out to the country, there weren't any squirrels. Now, thirty five years later they are into everything, but didn't come to mind when I looked at my trees. Duh!