Hazel, Corylus avellana

Edible Parts:

· Nuts


Remove the nuts from the shells, they can be eaten raw or roasted. You can crush them and eat them with your cereal, salad or use in a pesto. You can also soak them in water to make milk.

When and where to find it: 

Best picked in late August to October. You can find them in scrubland, hedges and woods, especially with moist fertile soil. They are common in lowland oak woods.

Other Observations: 

A deciduous shrub or tree that can grow up to 6m, often coppiced to encourage growth. It has smooth bark. The nut is found inside a leafy husk.

Author: Paul

Paul has had an interest in the outdoors since he was a young kid. Walking, tracking and exploring the wilderness around him, from disused overgrown railway lines to the vast wilderness of the UK national parks. Over the last few years Paul has honed his skills into specific areas of bushcraft and survival. He is an expert in map reading, shelter building and knots, traps and fishing.


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