A small, very flavorful round nut encased in a hard brown shell. As the names suggests these nuts come from the Hazel tree and are used to flavor ice-cream, cookies, pies, hot beverages, chocolates and more. Hazelnuts are edible and also make for a healthy snack.
Dark brown, round nuts
Selecting and Buying
There are three primary pieces of equipment used in commercial harvesting; the sweeper, the harvester, and the forklift. The sweeper centralizes the material into rows, the harvester lifts and separates the nuts from the debris, and the forklift hauls the nuts away for processing
Preparation and Use
Hazelnuts can be opened using a nut cracker. You can bake the nuts on medium heat for 10 minutes or until the skin begins to split. Then rub on the skins with a clean towel to remove the bitter skins.The kernel of the seed is edible and used raw or roasted, or ground into a paste. Hazelnuts are also used for livestock feed, as are chestnuts and acorns. The seed has a thin, dark brown skin and can sometimes be removed before cooking.
Conserving and Storing
Hazelnuts can be stored for 2-3 months is a cool dry place