Wednesday, November 26, 2014
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The divine hazelnut

Hazelnuts have to be one of nature's best-tasting treats. This is how they look "in the wild," tucked inside their pods, at Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve. The hazelnut or filbert tree is an American native - Bowman's Hill is famous for its collection of natives. It's more an understory tree, reaching heights of maybe 10 or 15 feet. And I'd never seen one in fruit before. One tree typically produces four to six quarts of nuts a year. Too bad I didn't have a bucket handy. All I could think of was hazelnut gelato ... and Nutella ... and pralines ... I suppose these brown beauties will feed squirrels, not humans. Pity!

The divine hazelnut

Rosa 'All Ablaze' blazes cherry red in Burke Brothers' Tuscany exhibit, accenting classic Italian elements with bright flowers. (Ron Tarver / Staff photographer)
Rosa 'All Ablaze' blazes cherry red in Burke Brothers' Tuscany exhibit, accenting classic Italian elements with bright flowers. (Ron Tarver / Staff photographer)

Hazelnuts have to be one of nature's best-tasting treats. This is how they look "in the wild," tucked inside their pods, at Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve. The hazelnut or filbert tree is an American native - Bowman's Hill is famous for its collection of natives. It's more an understory tree, reaching heights of maybe 10 or 15 feet. And I'd never seen one in fruit before. One tree typically produces four to six quarts of nuts a year. Too bad I didn't have a bucket handy. All I could think of was hazelnut gelato ... and Nutella ... and pralines ... I suppose these brown beauties will feed squirrels, not humans. Pity! 

About this blog
Ginny Smith, a Philadelphia native, joined the Inquirer at 1985. After stints as both reporter and editor in the city and suburbs, she’s been happily writing – and learning - about gardening full time since 2006. She’s won two silver medals of achievement from the national Garden Writers Association and in 2011, Bartram’s Garden honored her with its Green Exemplar award for her stories about “the region’s deeply rooted horticultural history, cultural attractions and bountiful gardens.” She plays in her own – mostly - bountiful garden in East Falls. Reach Virginia A. at vsmith@phillynews.com .

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