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Chestnuts, Hazelnuts, forgotten for foraging
The countryside is flooded with Hazelnut trees, they were planted years ago as Hedgerows and Coppices. They are ready for Harvesting about end of August - but get there before the Squirrels do !
They are quite easy to disqinuish by their long new yearly shoots growing up the side of the main trunk.
They are used mainly in Confectionery with chocolate and praline - so if you fancy a go - go for it !
You can also make Hazelnut Butter.
As the text on right states, Hazelnut makes excellant walking sticks. I use them for runner bean poles and my 'boot tidy'!
Young ready to be picked Hazelnuts are called 'Philberts'. This is because, according to legend, they should ripen on 20th.August - St.Philberts Day
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Ah, memories ! There were times back in the 50's that my Dad would buy some roasted chestnuts outside Charing Cross station to eat on his commute back to Sevenoaks.
Beside being used to eat roasted, you can apparently make flour out of it.
The wood is often used to make small items of furniture (it tends to crack and split in larger pieces) and some kinds of fencing.
Again, this wood is used to make dowsing pendulums.
Recipe for Chestnut Stuffing
450g / 1lb. chestnuts
Hazelwood has long been a favourite to make staffs either for Druid use or medievil defence.
To this day, Shepherds and Pilgrims prefer this.
Naturally, it makes a very good walking stick !
2 cups whole hazelnuts, toasted 3/4 teaspoon confectioners sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt, optional 1 to 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
Nature's Free Gifts
To forget how to dig the earth and to tend the soil is to forget ourselves.