Kent Cob Hazel

Hazel

Description: Kent Cob is the traditional cob, is planted extensively in Kent to this day and is unique for its history and cultural heritage within Kent. There is an enthusiastic following amongst its growers who are members of the Kentish Cobnut Association, www.kentishcobnutsassociation.co.uk. Medium large nuts in clusters of two to five fruits of excellent texture and flavour. Compact tree habit and pale yellow catkins. Can be slightly biennial.

History: Originates from Kent in the early 1800's.

Hazel Growing Tips: Best grown on shallow, less than fertile soils. The nuts can be stored 'wet' in winter in moist sand and will remain edible and in good condition until they germinate. All varieties contain healthy mon-saturated fats. After coppicing, sturdy vigorous one year shoots are used for basket weaving, hurdles, and the top of newly laid hedges or pegs for thatching. Make sure you harvest the nuts daily to avoid the attention of hungry vermin!

All hazels have separate male and female parts on the same tree (monoecious) but need cross pollination from another variety. There are no fully self-fertile varieties, partial at best.

Pollination Partners: Hazel Gunslebert or Filbert Cosford.

Attributes

  • Uses: Cooking
  • Picking month: September
  • Uses: Eating

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