Hazelnuts

Hazelnuts

Hazelnuts

Latin: 
Corylus

The nut of the hazel tree, these nuts are also known as Filberts (were supposedly named after the French Saint Philibert whose holy day August 22nd corresponds to the ripening of the earliest hazelnuts in England) or cobnuts, depending on the species. They first appeared in Europe after the Ice Age and reigned as the dominant vegetation for thousands of years. Today this same hazelnut thrives in the coastal regions of the Black Sea in Turkey, The Mediterranean Sea in Italy and Spain and the Pacific Ocean in the Northern USA, the common factor being a mild marine climate. Cobnuts are spherical to oval in shape, with filberts being more elongated. Hazelnut kernels can be eaten raw or roasted and are sometimes used for livestock feed as well. The largest producing countries are Italy, Spain, Turkey and the USA. Perhaps their most well-known use here in Europe are as ingredients in the popular Nutella spread and in Ferrero Rocher chocolates!

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