Fruit trees: the hazel

plant of Asian origin, grew up in Italy, but also in the rest of the world, up to 1300 m above sea level and is particularly attractive for its colors that remain sharp for almost the entire year. If in the spring gives a white and shining bloom in other seasons never or rarely loses the seasonal colors, giving beautiful and excellent fruit with the arrival of September.

Ideal also as hedge, the hazel is a rustic plant that does not have too many difficulties regarding the cultivation, especially for some types less delicate.

Care and cultivation

Because that it is a plant that is often found in the wild state in the woods, it means how easily can the hazel to grow and bear fruit without needing too much care or attention. However, if you decide to plant and grow it in pots or in your green space, it will be good to adapt to some tricks.

Firstly exposure: fundamental is try to reproduce the environment in which the hazel grows to put it in condition to best growth, placing it in a position of partial shade as it was between the woods where it receives light filtering especially among other plants . The soil will be, of course,  well-drained, always moist and fertilized annually. Also important is the pruning of the branches that should be done by removing the parts dry and damaged, having also care, leaving only the main trunk remove excessive suckers which annually reforming.

The harvest of hazelnuts

The harvested fruits can be made when the nuts are fully ripe and fall to the ground or, alternatively, you can shake the tree to see if the fruits are ready for harvesting. Now it is always good to let them dry for a few days before eating them or work them. Hazelnuts, as well as good and tasty, they are a fruit that, since ancient times, has been a valuable addition for those who cultivated and are a very energetic fruit for its contents which are divided into a large percentage of mono fat unsaturated (good for slow aging and protect us from cardiovascular diseases) and the remaining sugars and proteins.

 

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