Thursday, August 2, 2007
It is very exciting to find a plant which is completely new to me. Eventhough I am still learning alot about the local flora, I can usually recall having seen most of the blossoms, leaves, and "fruit" I see hanging from the trees of our neighborhood. On a walk this week I found this branch hanging down from the bank of the road. I brought it home and checked it out. These unusual looking "fruits" are hazelnuts! The american hazelnut, Corylus americana, is a large shrub. A related species of hazelnut flavors my favorite gelato, gianduja.