Friday, October 14, 2011

Hazelnuts, finally

In August I posted pics of the growing first "crop" on my baby Hazelnut (aka Filbert) tree. Now I'm happy to report they all seemed to mature, and I actually got to them before the squirrels! There were not many nuts this first year (just 21), but according to all I've read the crop will increase significantly as the tree matures.

In the total re-thinking and re-design of my entire yard, I will be planting many trees with edible fruits and nuts... including a couple more hazels. They are easy to grow, reaching 10-12 feet when mature. I figure if/when things get far worse than they are now, I will have at least a small bit of natural fats/oils for my diet (if I don't acquire any meat/milk animals), plus the nuts can be ground for flour.

Hazelnuts are also rich in protein. Moreover, they contain significant amounts of Vitamins B1 and B6, plus smaller amounts of other B vitamins. What's not to like?

Speaking of "huge" harvests (LOL), I finally managed to get ripe figs for the very first time! I have 2 small fig trees in pots, one Brown Turkey and one Celeste. Wouldn't you know, their watering care got away from me this year when they finally had lots of small fruits forming. The Celeste had perhaps 30 tiny figs, and fewer on the Brown Turkey. I lost ALL the Celeste figlets, and all but 2 of the Brown Turkey figlets. Those 2 figlets grew up into small figs... but figs nonetheless! YUM!


  1. Ohhh Hazelnuts! Yum! Congrats on the figs too! :-)

  2. I have two huge hazelnut bushes outside but the nuts are too small for my nut cracker so they are kind of a pain to use. I still collect them though. I also have fig trees growing here but have not gotten any figs from mine yet. Mine grow like weeds but seem to drop their figs before they are ripe.

  3. These are pretty small also, but the ones I plan to add in Spring bear larger nuts.

    I had hoped to get my figs in the ground this year, but since I'm changing and moving my entire garden, I don't have a prepared place yet. They will probably freeze to the ground ever year after I get them planted but apparently that's okay and still bear fruit.


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