While digging out my blighted tomato plants last month I noticed the cobnuts on the trees bordering our plot were turning brown and would soon be ready to fall from the trees. I’ve never seen a squirrel at the plot but I ventured a guess that where cobnuts are found the squirrels will surely appear. Sadly I still haven’t seen any squirrels but the broken open shells are evidence of their cobnut feasting. A bit of scavenging myself produced a couple of handfuls of uncracked nuts and I wondered if the squirrels knew something I didn’t about the quality of the nuts inside or had just feasted until full and trundled off. I had a vision of a little squirrel, nut in paws giving it a shake and a tap before dropping it in disgust at it’s hollowness.
I’m going to make the honeyed hazlenuts recipe from the River Cottage Handbook to preserve them but I need to get cracking first to see if the nutty insides are worth the effort.