You may recall how I collected my hazelnuts before the deer got to them. That was in the fall. I did much better than last year. I got two lousy little nuts and that was all she wrote! This year I plucked two buckets full of those hazelnut husks, so I was happy about that, I'll tell you!
Of course, as you can see, they are still in their husks and even in the same bucket I used to harvest them. Guess Jim Bessey isn't the only procrastinator, huh? Well, all I can say in my defense is, I had a good reason to wait....and it wasn't Just Camping Out!
See this? That is the hazelnut husk and to get those nuts out of them is...how can I put this delicately... Is a pain in the butt! So, I had an idea. I would allow the husks to dry thoroughly in the vague hope they simply would fall off, saving me a heck of a lot of trouble.
What was Tom's first clue? He told me he found a hord of nuts on some of his leak detector equipment--a hose full of nuts---and Brandon opened up some pumps to find they were used for storing nuts too. Field mice are just too funny and resourceful!
It is rather odd that two buckets worth of harvested hazelnuts can be reduced, once you remove them from the husks, to one small container and it was only 3/4 full.