Native to the Northeastern U.S., hazelnuts are small tree nuts. They have a versatile taste and texture that allows them to be included in a variety of recipes. One of the most popular pairings is Nutella, a hazelnut chocolate spread.
In addition to being an excellent source of plant protein, hazelnuts are packed with other nutrients. Omega-3 fatty acids reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular disease by reducing cholesterol and inflammation. Manganese helps reduce oxidative stress, which may reduce cancer risk. Vitamin E protects cells against free radical damage, which may also help prevent cancer. Proanthocyanidins are also believed to reduce the risk of developing cancer and possibly improve outcomes in cancer patients.
We have raw hazelnuts as well as roasted salted and unsalted varieties. There are several ways you can consume these tree nuts. When raw, they have a taste that can be described as sweet, though they have a thin skin that is bitter. Raw and roasted preparations contain the outer skin while blanched nuts do not. The raw and roasted nuts have similar nutritional profiles. The raw nuts have slightly more folate and Vitamin C.
Commonly used in confections and baked goods, hazelnuts also work well in savory dishes. Raw or roasted, they can be diced and added to salads, stir-fry, and risotto. They can also be added as a topping to yogurt, oatmeal, or granola. These nuts spoil quickly. Therefore, you should only purchase as much as you will consume quickly. Nevertheless, they can last for up to four months in the refrigerator or freezer.
Check out our nut snack selection, where you will find fresh hazelnuts. We have fresh, high-quality nuts in the quantities you need for all your culinary delights.