Growing Hazelnuts in the Garden

Grow hazelnuts in your own garden, and learn how to use them in your cooking.

| March 8, 2013

Eat Your Yard! (Gibbs Smith, 2010) has information on 35 edible plants that offer the best of both landscape and culinary uses. Edible garden plants provide spring blossoms, colorful fruit and flowers, lush greenery, fall foliage, and beautiful structure, but they also offer fruits, nuts, and seeds that you can eat, cook, and preserve. 

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Eating Hazelnuts

Crack! The sound of a ripe hazelnut being broken open before Thanksgiving dinner is unmistakable. So is the ruddy color of the hard little shell. Hazelnut flavor: that’s unmistakable too, sweet and earthy, with a little crunch.

Hazelnut, filbert. They’re interchangeable as far as the nut industry is concerned and, botanically speaking, quite close.

The important thing is that the filbert, or hazelnut, grows as a beautiful shrub or small tree with year-round interest. Pendu­lous catkins—the blooms—hang like golden chains from the bare branches in late winter. During summer the rounded, many-pleated leaves provide islands of shade as the nuts develop. In fall the leaves glow red and gold.

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