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    At the end of a run this evening, I noticed a hazelnut tree near my house. I cracked open a nut, and the inside was much bigger than nuts you buy. It was superb, very tasty. Are they ready now? It seems rather early. But I don't want the tree rats to get them!

    I also found a plum tree nearby!
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    The squirrels have already had the lot off the trees around where I live. I would gather them now. There's nothing as tasty as a fresh nut straight off the tree! Leave it till next week, and they'll be gone.
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    Interestingly, I picked and ate a load today. They had started to go brown (well, egg shell colour really) and they were delicious, really tasty and creamy - just remembered, I still have some in my pocket so thank you for reminding me
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    I was in Morrisons yesterday and they had a whole section of cob nuts, it was surrounded by staff who were all confused as to what they were. I helped. When I looked though, they were all really green. Would they turn brown or have they been picked too soon?
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    Some of the ones I had yesterday were still green, I try and leave them util they pop out of their "cups" but sometimes I can't wait and they are still delicious.

    Just found this and it doesn't seem to matter if they are brown or not
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    I love the green ones , taxi to Morrissons me thinks
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    i've found loads of hazelnut trees round here - obvious by the shells on the floor - all the nuts gone from the trees though ....
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    We are plagued by squirrels but the hazels do have some nuts on at the moment.
    a Red filbert seems to have nuts on that are just colouring brown and taste a bit nutty.
    a Kentish cob has more immature nuts but they are quite crunchy.
    a wild hazel tree in the hedgerow has nuts developing but very immature .

    If I pick some now, how long are the Red filbert likely to store for do you think or would they need eating when picked?
    Also the Kentish Cob? The wild ones are not worth picking just yet.
    The first pic is the red prior to shelling and the secontdhas the shelled nuts and also the green Kentish nuts as well. I was thinking of harvesting most of the red ones but would like to know if they would keep and how to store. The Kentish nuts look similar when shelled but taste less nutty.

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