Hazel nuts ripen on small trees near the orchard at Bealtaine Cottage.
Many of the Hazel trees were planted at the beginning of the land conversion to Permaculture and some have been planted on a fairly continuous basis since, being eight years in total.
As a Vegan, nuts are important in my diet, and as Hazel Nuts are indigenous to Ireland, these would be the most compatible to the diet.
Nuts are easily added to food and form a tasty part of any home-made burgers and roasts.
The Hazel is a small, deciduous tree and is native to Ireland.
They take up little space and are suitable for coppicing, as the wood can be used in different projects, especially for pea supports and woven fencing.
Hazel has always been regarded as a ‘magical’ wood, with the stems used historically as ‘wands’.
William Butler Yeats used the Hazel as imagery in…
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