These items displayed at the Hitchin Greengrocer intrigued us.
The shopkeeper told us they were cobnuts, had just come in, and that customers had been phoning impatiently asking when they would be available. Louise bought an expensive few so we could try them. They come in clusters of three, and need a nutcracker to remove the outer shell. Apparently they are actually green hazelnuts, but frankly we were not impressed. They had very little flavour and I thought they tasted unripe. Later research has told me they taste like coconut. “Cobnut kernels typically contain 12% – 17% protein by dry weight, and about 10%- 15% fibre. They are very rich in vitamin E and in calcium, typically containing about 21mg and 141mg per 100g kernel (dry weight). They provide about 0.4mg and 0.55mg of vitamins B1 and B6 respectively per 100g dry weight (source, UK Cobnuts)”.
Have you tried them?
“I’m not impressed by nuts of cob
and will not join the cobnut mob.”