Hazelnuts are an excellent and delicious source of nutrients that can be easily incorporated into your diet. This Oregon grown nut is full of nutrients, including vitamins, antioxidants, minerals and healthy fats.
They may also have a variety of health benefits, including helping decrease blood fat levels, regulating blood pressure and reducing inflammation.
Oregon hazelnut growers and processors invest heavily in research to fully understand the hazelnut crop and ultimately enhance the crop and the environment in which it grows. Oregon State University is a key partner for the industry, as they conduct much of the grower-funded research to improve the growing and sustainability practices. This includes projects to discover ideal nutrient requirements for the trees, how to protect beneficial insects, how to prevent soil erosion on hillsides, the best fertilization techniques and different irrigation methods.
Hazelnuts can be incorporated into your diet as a healthy snack or as an ingredient in many dishes!
While the highest concentration of antioxidants is in the skin, some recipes require you to remove the skin. This can be done by baking the kernels in the oven for about 10 minutes, which makes the skins easy to then peel.