Have you tried… COBNUTS?
What are they?
A cobnut is a variety of hazelnut, traditionally from Kent. Cobnuts look like regular hazelnuts but slightly broader and longer. When are they in season? Fresh, green (young) cobnuts are harvested from midaugust, and then dry out throughout September and October, turning brown or ‘golden’.
So, what do they taste like? When eaten just after picking, they’re moist and slightly soft, with a taste that some liken to fresh coconut. As they dry out, the starch inside turns to sugar leading to a sweeter taste and harder, drier texture, more like regular hazelnuts. How do I eat them then? Just as you would hazelnuts. Try roasting them with salt and tossing in a salad with blue cheese and bitter leaves, or grating over pasta. Find a recipe for cobnut & apple cake at bbcgoodfood. com. So where can I buy them? Farmers’ markets and selected Waitrose stores. Or buy online at Allens Farm (cobnuts.co.uk) and Potash Farm (kentishcobnuts.com). Anna Lawson