Well, well, well...I beat the bears, squirrels, chipmunks, and crows to the nuts.
I've never picked hazelnuts before and information I found on the web...after I picked them...says "do not pick them green" and wait until they drop from the tree. Hah!!! As you can see there are some green ones in the mix but for the most part they are "hazel" and they were dropping from the tree, when I gave the tree a push...I hope I didn't pick them too early.
Now, I leave them to dry for about 4 weeks. I can then crack and roast the nuts to store in the freezer. Or I can just leave them and crack and eat them as we wish. The nut will stay fresh in the shell for quite some time. It's the air that spoils the nut.
I'm dreaming of a hazelnut torte!!!