Harvest time brings yucky stuff like stinky rotten turnips and disgusting blight-black tomatoes; but it also delivers wonderful surprises—like hazel nuts!
I ordered three tiny hazel nut (also called filbert) trees a few years ago from Fedco and this year they produced a couple of pounds of nuts. I give them them an A+, because they grow like weeds and the nuts are yummy and jammed w/protein and anti-carcinogens.
Look about how beautiful the “victorian pocketbooks” are that hold the nuts:
Books say to wait until the nuts are fully dried and drop to the ground, but we tried that last year and the squirrels ate (or ran off w/ & buried) every one!