Since the main ingredient in our Organic Chocolate Hazelnut Spread is the hazelnut, we thought we’d share 5 fun facts about them.
But first, probably the most common question is, “Are they hazelnuts or filberts?”
According to Oregon Hazelnuts, there is no correct answer.
“Filbert” is the correct name for both the tree and nut. The name is of French origin, and filbert trees were likely first introduced into Oregon by early French settlers. Some thought “filbert” was derived from St. Philibert, as August 22 is dedicated to him, corresponding to the earliest ripening date of filberts in England.
“Hazelnut” is the name coined by the English and applied to the native species by early settlers. In 1981, the Oregon Filbert Commission decided to conform to the common standard and began emphasizing “hazelnut.”
Hazelnuts: 5 Fun Facts about Filberts
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- The hazelnut became Oregon’s official State Nut in 1989, and about 800 Oregon farm families grow hazelnuts on 45,000 acres. (source)
- Hazelnuts are rich in dietary fiber, exceptionally rich in folate, and an excellent source of vitamin E. Additionally, they are packed with many other important B-complex groups of vitamins such as riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, pantothenic acid, and pyridoxine. Finally, they are a rich source of minerals like manganese, potassium, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, zinc, and selenium. (source)
- One jar of Nutiva Organic Chocolate Hazelnut Spread contains approximately 30 hazelnuts.
- Ancient Romans used torches made of branches of hazelnut during the wedding ceremonies due to the belief that hazelnut ensures long, happy and prospective marriage. (source)
- Hazelnut trees can produce until over 80 years of age. (source)
The hazelnut is a universal ingredient. There is no course that cannot be improved by a few chopped hazelnuts: from starters to salads, from fresh pasta to desserts, as well as fish and meat dishes, whether Asian or European cuisine is on the menu. (source)
How do you incorporate hazelnuts into your diet? Do you call them hazelnuts or filberts?