Hazel ◆ Coll
Hazel was an important tree-fruit in ancient Ireland. The Irish countryside was once covered with Hazel (Corylus avellana
), an important source of carbohydrates and protein. The nuts could be stored for up to a year, making them a critical Winter food source, and they were widely traded.
The Hazel was classified as Airig Fedo
, one of the “nobles of the wood” in the Bretha Comaithchesa
, the main law text on farming. It was a valuable tree due to its nuts and the strong and pliable rods that could be taken from it to be used for fences and house walls (wattling). One cartload of rods a...