Hazelnuts

TYPES

In-Shell, Shelled, Peeled, Chopped, Flour, Paste, Oil

VARIETIES

Levant, Giresun, Barcelona, Ennis, Negret, Pauetet, Jefferson, Tonda Giffoni, Tonda Gentile Romana.

SIZES

9/11, 11/13, 13/15, 18/20, 20/22, 22/24

FORMATS

1000 kg big bag, 20 kg Vacuum Pack Box, 50 lb Box.

 

Hazelnuts, nature’s small gems, have a history dating back to ancient times. Their journey from ancient forests to become a highly rated ingredient in modern cuisine is fascinating, and it reveals the deep bond between nature and human diets over the centuries.

Their Origins in Anatolia: Hazelnuts, also known as filberts in some regions, originated from Anatolia or Asia Minor, the region that now includes Turkey They were highly rated among ancient civilisations, including the Greeks and the Romans, who valued hazelnuts for their nutritional properties and distinctive flavour.

Hazelnuts in Antiquity: Hazelnuts in antiquity were considered a symbol of fertility and wisdom. The Greeks associated hazelnuts with divinity, whereas in Roman mythology they were associated with Flora, the Goddess of Flowers and Spring, who was often depicted carrying hazel branches.

Journey to Europe and Beyond: As trade routes extended, hazelnuts spread throughout Europe. Monks in the Middle Age became aware of their nutritional value and grew hazel trees in monasteries, thus contributing to popularising these nuts all around the continent.

Hazelnuts in Renaissance Cuisine: Hazelnuts were incorporated in European cuisine during the Renaissance. Prominent figures such as Leonardo da Vinci mentioned them being served at the dining tables of nobles of the time, highlighting their versatility in a number of dishes.

Migration to America: Over time, hazelnuts managed to cross the Atlantic with European settlers. Although they were not immediately included in the American diet as was the case of other nuts, they found a home in North America where they are now grown in regions such as the Northeast Pacific.

Hazelnuts Today: Today, hazelnuts are highly rated the world over. In addition to being served as a snack, they are also used in baking, confectionery and also to make creamy hazelnut butter. Their use in contemporary cuisine is due to their adaptability and characteristic flavour.

 

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