However, there is one particular tree that is apparently all over our property that is pretty darned neat. It's the American Hazel. Son1 spent half a day this fall harvesting the nuts from this variety. Here's what the "nut" and a leaf looks like:
When you peel off the outer husk, you get something that looks like a miniature version of the European hazelnuts (Common or Giant Hazels...all in the genus Corylus) with which you're probably more familiar.
Here's Son1 peeling the husks:
However, it was a poop-load of work for a small handful of meat. If it weren't for the fact that it's free, I'd never bother again. I think I'll roast the meat and mix it with melted chocolate to make a homemade Nutella. A minuscule amount of homemade Nutella. Maybe enough for a doll's breakfast. :P
Do you have American hazelnut or any other hazelnut trees on your property? Have you harvested and eaten any?
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