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    Did not know about dandelion leaves, got a wealth of those nearby

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    ..and in the autumn - wild hazelnuts - the best food on this earth IMHO

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    where can I find them witch? What should I look out for?

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    Have a look on google images - they are fairly easy to spot but remember that wild ones are smaller than the cultivated cob nuts, and they can vary in looks - some have the green part covering the whole nut and some have it as a 'frill'. The nuts are all ready developing well although they won't be ready until late Aug/early Sept depending where you are in the UK.
    Hazelnut trees look a bit like beech trees, leaf-wise, but the leaves aren't shiny like beech leaves are.
    Look around when you are out walking and see what you can spot!

    Google Image Result for http://www.hawk-conservancy.org/images/articles/200810/Hazel%20nuts.jpg

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    will look out for them thanks I am so glad that there is so much out there near here for free Saves me so much on my summer fruit shop

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    Quote Originally Posted by witch View Post
    ..and in the autumn - wild hazelnuts - the best food on this earth IMHO
    Agreed wholeheartedly. I still have one tight-leg full hanging in my cellar from last year's collection.

    Matt

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    Quote Originally Posted by saundersmatt View Post
    Agreed wholeheartedly. I still have one tight-leg full hanging in my cellar from last year's collection.

    Matt
    I can't ever keep them - find 'em, eat 'em AFAIC. I must eat pounds and pounds every year

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    Adding to my list red grapes...came across a whole vine of them...made my Mrs day as she lives them.

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    On my commute home today along the Rochdale Canal i spotted a disussed orchard (approx 8 green apple trees) Broken down fence, overgrown with blackberrys. I can feel a crumble, pie and jam coming on Neighbours pears are ripe, any ideas what to make with them?

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    Pear and Apple turnover....very nice...I'm making a fruit loaf with my stuff :-)

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    you could also make a crumble...oooh thats an idea, I am going to make an apple and blackberry crumble

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    Ingredients

    Blackberries
    Elderberries
    Redcurrants
    Butter
    Sugar
    Flour
    Water

    Simmer berries in the water until a nice syrup has developed
    Place berries and syrup in an oven dish

    crumble together flour, butter and sugar, and sprinkle over the top...bake in oven until crumble topping is brown

    Enjoy with some cream or custard (nom nom nom...made this tonight)

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    Just to revive this thread - the hazelnuts are ripe now, neph. I have picked pounds and pounds and eaten them! They are SOOOOOOOOO gorgeous

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