Hazelnuts

Category: Nuts
Main Origins: Turkey, USA, Italy
Harvest Times: July to September

The Hazelnut tree (corylus avellana) is largely cultivated for its nuts in Turkey, Italy and in the USA. Turkey has by far the largest production in the world, accounting for approximately 75% of the global market.

Predictably, a hazelnut is the nut of the hazel. Hazelnuts are also known as cob nuts or filbert nuts, being one or the other depending on the species.

Hazelnuts are mostly collected from the ground and separated mechanically once the nuts have fallen off the trees. Hazelnut orchards may be harvested up to three times during the harvest season depending on the quantity of nuts in the trees and rate of nut drop as a result of weather.

Hazelnuts add a unique flavour and texture to a wide variety of products. They are the key ingredient in the production of some fine confections like praline and chocolate truffle and are also used in spreads, bakery products, snack mixes and many others. Hazelnut oil, pressed from hazelnuts, is strongly flavoured and is used as cooking oil.

NV Nutritionally, hazelnuts are a good source of protein, fibre, vitamin B1 (also known as thiamine), antioxidant vitamins E and C, and beneficial unsaturated fats. They provide the most heart healthy monounsaturated fatty acids per serving compared to other nuts, and are among the lowest in saturated fat.

Shelled and in shell, all sizes and grades are available. Kenkko can also supply hazelnut paste upon request.

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