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Hazelnuts
In Season

The full moon in August is known as the Hazel Moon,
according to Celtic traditions. Late summer is the time of year when hazelnuts appear on trees, signaling the early part of the harvest.

Nutrition

Hazelnuts are a great source of vitamin E, which offers protection against cancer and heart disease.

Hazelnut is a good source for B1, B2 and B6 vitamins. These vitamins are essential in blood formation and mental health, especially for those of children in development age.

Hazelnuts are rich in protein and unsaturated fat. Moreover, they contain significant amounts of thiamine and vitamin B6, as well as smaller amounts of other B vitamins.

For those persons who need to restrict carbohydrates, 1 cup (237 ml) of hazelnut flour has 20 g of carbohydrates, 12 g fiber, for less than 10 net carbohydrates.

Preparation

Hazelnut oil can be used for cooking and in salad dressings.

Hazelnuts are used in confectionery to make praline and in combination with chocolate for chocolate truffles and products such as Nutella. In the USA, hazelnut butter is being promoted as a more nutritious spread than its peanut butter counterpart, though it has

Varieties

There are many cultivars of the Common Hazel, including 'Barcelona', 'Butler', 'Casina', 'Clark' 'Cosford', 'Daviana', 'Delle Langhe', 'England', 'Ennis', Filbert, 'Halls Giant', 'Jemtegaard', 'Kent Cob', 'Lewis', 'Tokolyi', 'Tonda Gentile', 'Tonda di Giffoni', 'Tonda Romana', 'Wanliss Pride', and 'Willamette'. Some of these are grown for specific qualities of the nut, including large nut size and early and late fruiting cultivars, whereas others are grown as pollinators. The majority of commercial Hazelnuts are propagated from root sprouts. Some cultivars are of hybrid origin between Common Hazel and Filbert.

Commercial Production

In North America, hazelnut production is concentrated in two states, Oregon and Washington, and in the Fraser Valley of British Columbia, Canada.

Energetics

Filberts, also called hazelnuts, are perhaps the sweetest of all nuts... The unique and concentrated combination of fat, protein, and carbohydrate in seeds and nuts gives them a slow release of energy into the body, a time-release effect that feeds rather than floods the bloodstream. Use them regularly and in combinations to enhance the nutrition of any meal.  
- Energetics: The Spiritual, Emotional, and Nutritional Power of What We Eat

Legend


Hazelnuts are associated with wisdom and protection.



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