Health benefits of hazelnuts
Hazelnuts have lovely, slightly sweet taste. But they aren't just about desserts. They have valuable vitamins and minerals that make them a star even when standing on their own.*
Hazelnuts are high in potassium, dietary fiber, magnesium, vitamin B-6 and iron; and a good source of calcium and vitamin C, according to the USDA nutrition facts for a one-cup serving.*
Hazelnuts, also known as filberts or cobnuts, are one of the oldest agricultural crops. The famous Roman historian, Pliny, recorded that "hazels" were frequently gathered by the Romans as food; originating in Damascus, Syria, where they grew naturally in forests.* However, archeological records have shown some fossilized remains of hazelnuts that were 5,000 years old in prehistoric excavations from China.
Hazelnuts have been harvested from the Black Sea region of Turkey for more than 2,000 years. Turkey is still the world's primary hazelnut exporter. Today, they're also grown in the U.S. Pacific Northwest and many other parts of the world.