Na­tion goes nut crazy dur­ing fes­tive pe­riod

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - BUSINESS KENT UPDATE - By Owen Leyshon of the Rom­ney Marsh Coun­try­side Part­ner­ship

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

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