Hazelnuts are from the temperate Northern hemisphere, particularly in regions that enjoy a mild winter and a cool summer. Domestication of the hazelnut date back to pre-historic times but it was the Romans who finally introduced the varieties currently grown in the Empire.
With their crunchy texture and delicate taste, hazelnuts are great in nut and fruit mixes. Their slightly bitter taste makes the perfect match for sweet and chocolaty recipes. You can also chop them up and add them to your salads, main dishes and soups.
Need more inspiration? Try these recipes:
Brown rice with sundried tomatoes, kalamata olives and hazelnuts
Pecan hazelnut cookies
Quick and simple hazelnut milk
Sweet potato, coconut milk and hazelnut soup
Pumpkin pie with hazelnut whipped cream
Almond, hazelnut and sesame milk
Crunchy hazelnut praline spread
Kale, squash, cranberry and hazelnut panzanella
Gluten-free hazelnut-cacao cookies
Can be preserved in a cool, dry cupboard, protected from light and humidity for up to 12 months.
Many ancient writings have boasted about the healing power of the Hazelnut. According to them, mashed hazelnuts can be used as a paste on the bite of a scorpion to take away the pain. Don’t try that one at home though!