Nation goes nut crazy during festive period
Over the festive season, I bet for some reason some relative or friend or maybe even your house had a bowl or pile of nuts sitting on a side table to be eaten or cracked open and eaten. It is funny in this country but we seem to go nut crazy at Christmas but seem to avoid them at other times of the winter. In the UK countryside there are really only five types of nut we can eat. The first and the most accessible is the hazelnut or cobnut which can be found in hedgerows in the south east. The other is the sweet chestnut, which are planted in large woodland blocks. The nut is held within the spiny green cases to hold the small dark nuts inside. This is not to be confused with the horse chestnut or conker which is not edible to us. The other nut which is much scarcer is the walnut tree which tends to be found or planted in the odd hedge and are found dotted around the wider Countryside. The walnuts when they fall off the tree to the ground are called ‘wet nuts’.
For more information contact Owen Leyshon, Romney Marsh Countryside Partnership, telephone 01797 367934 or log on to www.rmcp.co.uk