Herb latin name: Corylus tibetica

Synonyms: Corylus ferox tibetica

Family: Betulaceae (Birch Family)

Edible parts of Corylus tibetica:

Seed - raw or cooked. Rich in oil. The seed, in its shell, is about 10 - 15mm in diameter. The seed ripens in mid to late autumn and will probably need to be protected from squirrels. When kept in a cool place, and not shelled, the seed should store for at least 12 months. An edible oil is obtained from the seed.

Description of the plant:


15 m
(49 feet)

to May

Habitat of the herb:

Mixed forests, 1500 - 3600 metres.

Propagation of Corylus tibetica:

Seed - best sown as soon as it is harvested in autumn in a cold frame. Germinates in late winter or spring. Stored seed should be pre-soaked in warm water for 48 hours and then given 2 weeks warm followed by 3 - 4 months cold stratification. Germinates in 1 - 6 months at 20C. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in a cold frame or sheltered place outdoors for their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer. Layering in autumn. Easy, it takes about 6 months.

Cultivation of the herb:

Mixed forests, 1500 - 3600 metres.

Medicinal use of Corylus tibetica:

None known

Known hazards of Corylus tibetica:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.