We have two locally produced and outstanding nut oils available at the moment, Cobnut oil and Walnut oil – both made from 100% cold-pressed nuts that are grown in Kent.
The cold-pressed Cobnut Oil won Supreme Champion (the best product out of 6,000 entrants) a few years ago and has an exceptional taste and is a delicious, versatile oil that can be enjoyed on salads and drizzled over white fish, charcuterie or pasta, but works equally well as a flavoured cooking oil (perfect in brownies). There are some recipe suggestions here.
Cobnut trees were introduced to Hurstwood Farm in 1985. The cobnut is not a specific nut, but a generic term covering several different species. Mr Dain, at Hurstwood Farm, has experimented with several different varieties, in order to find the ones best suited to that specific location. He now concentrates on ‘Butler’, ‘Gunslebert’ and ‘Spanish Longue’. All are cobnuts but each has individual qualities, with differing growth patterns and visual features.
It requires a kilo of nuts to produce one bottle of oil, but nothing else is added. Cobnut oil is a cold-pressed virgin oil. It is a labour-intensive product, as each nut is hand checked before going through the process of drying, shelling and then pressing.
The walnut oil is produced in an identical way, cold-pressed using nothing but Kent-grown walnuts from Hurstwood Farm. The perfect oil for an enhanced Waldorf Salad, it brings a rich nutty flavour to your dressings and dishes.