Harvest hazelnuts by gathering them from beneath the hazelnut tree, removing the shells and preparing them to be eaten. In the United States, Hazlenuts are usually harvested in October.
- Gather the hazelnuts
Wait for the hazelnuts to fall from the tree, and gather them with a rake. Discard the leafy husks, as well as any nuts with holes or damage.
- Remove the shells
Spread out the hazelnuts in one layer in a plastic bag, tapping each with a hammer until you hear it pop.
- Finish the shelling process
After shelling the hazelnuts, empty the bag onto a tray, and remove the large pieces of shells. Put the shelled nuts into a sieve, and shake them to remove dust.