The greengrocer in Beirut is the sweetest man; in his mid to late eighties and quite a flirt.
If I say, “these cherries look so pretty!”, he answers “not as pretty as you!”, etc. In any case, he had these fresh hazelnuts on display and told me to just eat them like fresh almonds.
Their shell can be cracked in your mouth (or with a nutcracker-safer!) and the fresh hazelnut inside is nutty and delicate-tasting without any bitterness.
A great way to pass the time when the heat makes you feel lazy and sluggish, and hot food is the last thing you wish for.
This was at Sidon’s crusader’s castle, yet no one seemed interested to pose in front of the castle!