How should I roast bay nuts?

by FuzzyChef   Last Updated February 13, 2018 04:17 AM

Bay Nuts are the fruit of the California Bay Laurel. Few people have seen (or heard) of them, because the trees don't produce enough for commercial harvests. However, I was gifted with a jar of them by a friend with a fruiting bay tree.

The way one is supposed to eat the nuts is to roast them and eat the seeds, which taste vaguely like chocolate or coffee and vaguely not. However, that's where agreement ends; roasting times and temperatures are given as:

So my question is: approximately how long, and at what temperature, should I be roasting the nuts? Does anyone have direct experience with Bay Nuts, or an authority which looks more definitive than the many blogs which lack rigorous testing of roasting conditions?

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