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:
- 350F for 45 to 90 minutes
- 450F for 45 minutes
- 450F for 20 minutes
- Various other temperatures and times, from 375 to 475 and from 20 minutes to 90 minutes, depending.
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?