Every year I buy a bag of nuts at Christmastime – and tell myself we should eat them more during the year. But somehow we never do. I listened to Farming Today on Radio 4 the other morning, with a feature about Hurstwood Farm in Kent – and the wonderful Kentish Cobnuts [it was at 5.45am, but I had woken early – I do not usually listen to Farmers’ Radio!] It made me want to dash out and get some cobnuts. Here in Leicester they call them filberts. The mascot of Leicester City FC is even called Filbert Fox
I have bought a bag of mixed nuts, and dug out the nutcracker.
My favourite nuts are almonds, and always have been, even before I met Bob.
I like peanuts too, but technically they are not a nut, but a legume. Pistachios are great – I love the green colour. Not so keen on walnuts. Roasted chestnuts are lovely [and easy to do in the microwave] Brazils are tasty, but such hard work to shell. Pecans are OK. Cashews are defined botanically as a seed.
These are my wooden handled nutcrackers – inherited from my MIL, and the nuts in my hand-crafted wooden bowl [a treasured Christmas gift from Chris a few years back] I somehow feel that nuts should be kept in a wooden bowl – I love all the shiny browns and different textures.
What is your favourite nut – and do you eat them simply shelled just as they are, or use them in cooking? If so – what recipes can you recommend?