Romans cultivated hazelnuts throughout Britain and other parts of the empire. Ninety percent of the world’s supply comes form Greece, Italy, and Turkey. Because they keep well, hazelnuts were a common staple for mariners. In the U.S., Oregon and Washington are hazelnuts producing states. In fact, Oregon is the only state with an official state nut – the hazelnut.
- consuming hazelnuts or hazelnut oil increases chances of surviving a heart attack by 50%
- contain high levels of folate which prevent birth defects
- great for skin and hair, as well as strengthening blood vessels
- high in vitamins B1, B2, and B6, hazelnuts are good for mental health