The Wildly, Incredible, Edible Bay Nut!
The California Bay Tree, (Umbellularia californica) is a large hardwood tree native to coastal forests of California. These trees produces the California Bay Nut, which is a fruit that ripens between October-November, on a 2-3 year cycle. This fruit, or nut, is lightly spotted yellow-green before maturing into a purplish skin that is ready to gather!
I was first introduced to this intriguing fruit at the @buckeye_gathering in 2013. Since then, I have become more familiar with this nut and have taught myself how to properly gather, dry, process and utilize it into my diet and lifestyle. Next to summer blackberries, it is my most favorite food to forage!
Bay nuts are similar to chocolate and coffee, in that they act as a stimulant on the nervous system and taste like a combination of chocolate/coffee/butter/popcorn once properly processed and roasted into an edible form. Bay Nuts have often been referred to as the “North American Cacao Bean”!
I am curious if any of you have ever eaten a Bay Nut? If so, what did you think? Please share your story or anything you would like to add to the conversation around gathering food on your local landscape!
For more information, check out my YouTube channel for recent Bay Nut foraging and processing videos. Link in profile! Keep it Wild!
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Marin County, CA
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