My nuts are floating :(
So after figuring out that I have a few hazel nuts in the garden I went out today and thought I would collect a few before the squirrels get them all. I collected them from the ground and took the green covering off as I thought that was how you collect them. They have only just fallen and are fresh in that sense. However now I put them in water as I think maybe one or two will float and like any eggs if they float I presume they are bad and throw them out. But almost all of the nuts float via about 4. Is this the reason the squirrels have left them on the ground, as they know they are off also? Should I pick them straight from the tree instead? Any now that I have collected them do I just let them dry naturally and then eat them or do I need to roast them? So many questions.