These are fresh hazelnuts, sometimes called cobnuts, and they grow on the trees all along the canal where I walk Bob, and litter the ground.
Most of them have been gnawed by wildlife, but some remain intact and yesterday I decided to pick some up..
They’re so pretty; to me they represent the countryside and regrowth and everything lovely about where I live…although right now the ground is sadly parched from the extended heat and lack of rain 😦
When cracked open carefully, they give up their milky white kernels which can be eaten raw or toasted, and added to all sorts of dishes.
My little haul
Its hard to describe the taste & texture, but they taste ‘fresh’ and young, with a crunch, but not a hard crunch like mature nuts.
I chopped some up and added them to my lunch yesterday: a whole roasted aubergine filled with a roasted pepper, mild red chilli, cherry tomato, spring onion, garlic and tabil spice sauce, and topped with tahini, roasted seeds, and the chopped fresh hazelnuts…
They made an nice addition to the dish!
If you get a chance to try some, I definitely recommend it 🙂