Our busiest time of year has now commenced, as we start to pick the cobnuts. We will soon start the cycle of de-husking, drying, sorting and cleaning, cracking and finally, pressing the nut kernels for oil.
Most of our nuts will be dried and sold in-shell, for the Christmas market. However, we will, of course, be reserving plenty of the nuts to make our increasingly popular Cobnut Oil.
The walnut crop is also looking good this year, so we will be offering dried walnuts from mid-October. The walnuts are generally ready for picking just as we finish the cobnut harvest.
We will be offering cobnuts and walnuts, in-shell, via the website from late September. These will be dried, so they will last up to two years or more.
If you are interested in fresh nuts, these have a relatively short shelf life, so can only be offered until the end of October.
These are available via our website for a few weeks only.
This year we hope to start developing a cobnut flour (the same as hazelnut flour) as a gluten-free alternative to normal flour. We would utilise the nut fibre, which is left after the nuts are pressed for oil. We believe this would make a healthy and tasty flour, and look forward to trying it in bread, cakes and biscuits.
If there are any millers out there who can assist in experimenting with grinding the flour, we would love to hear from you.
We continue to work with Slow Food UK - an excellent organisation who work very hard to promote traditional UK foods. They are soon to open a shop in Neal's Yard, Covent Garden, London and from here you will be able to purchase the products they support.
Cobnut Oil certainly fits in with the 'Slow Food' ethos - an enormous amount of time and labour are required in growing the crop, harvesting, drying, cracking and then pressing, bottling, and labelling. 'Slow Food' is definitely an appropriate category for us
Cobnut Oil is a product which was around in Shakespearean times but which then lapsed, and so we have effectively reintroduced this product which has been unavailable for several centuries.
Buy it whilst you can - once this year's cobnuts have been pressed, bottled and sold, we cannot offer any more of this unique product until Autumn of 2012 when we undertake our next harvest.
Free tastings are held at all our music concerts
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