West Midlands, United Kingdom
Harvesting Hazel Nuts
There are more hazel nuts in our hedgerows this year than ever before. I know that in the next few weeks the mechanical hedgecutter will not only remove them, but usually all the leaves too. Now, all the books say that harvesting is done when the nuts are brown,but I saw a TV Grow and eat type programme where the pretentious garlic with every thing cheffy type picked some when they were still green and said that , roasted, these were very edible. Is my memory correct and if so, when is the earliest I can do this.?
Oh and yes I know the hedges along our very narrow land have to be cut back or it becomes impassible, just wish they would wait until September rather than July!
- 26 Jul, 2010