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Frequently Asked Questions about Hazelnuts

Frequently Asked Questions about Hazelnuts

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Nuts are a popular snack and ingredient all over the world–not only because of their flavor but also because of the various health benefits offered by eating them in moderation. A large, red-brown nut, called hazelnut, is perhaps one of the most well-known ingredients of a common chocolate-hazelnut spread named Nutella.

Hazelnuts are nuts of any Corylus tree, in particular, the avellana Corylus. In protective husks, hazelnuts grow in clusters on hazelnut trees. When they mature, the hazelnuts fall to the ground from the husks, where they will be harvested. In shell hazelnuts and shelled hazelnuts are both available as ingredients for the kitchen in grocery stores.

In this article, we have gathered some frequently asked questions (FAQ) about hazelnuts with their answers to make everything clear about these wonderful nuts. If you can’t find your answer in the items below, you can ask us by contacting our customer service team.

You can find out more on our other blogs on how to peel hazelnuts, how to choose and store hazelnuts, The difference between Hazelnut, Filbert and Cobnut, The difference between macadamia and hazelnut.

So here we go, here are some of the most asked questions alongside with their answers, click on them to get right to their answers.


Hazelnut FAQs:

  • How good are hazelnuts for you?

  • Can you eat raw hazelnuts?

  • How many hazelnuts can I eat a day?

  • Does Nutella have hazelnuts in it?

  • Why are hazelnuts called filberts?

  • Are hazelnuts fattening?

  • Can pregnant women eat hazelnuts?

  • Are hazelnuts a laxative?

  • Can diabetics eat hazelnuts?

  • How long do raw hazelnuts last?

  • Do you have to peel hazelnuts?

  • What is the best way to peel hazelnuts?

  • What is the difference between filberts and hazelnuts?

  • What is the difference between macadamia and hazelnuts?

  • Can dogs eat hazelnuts?

  • How can I store Hazelnuts?

  • How do you treat an allergic reaction to hazelnut nuts?


We get a lot of these questions every day, so we answered the most asked questions about the hazelnuts here:


How good are hazelnuts for you?

Hazelnuts and other tree nuts are believed to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Their excellent retention of monounsaturated fat, vitamin E, minerals such as copper and magnesium, all lowering blood pressure and inflammation is likely to lead to this.

Hazelnuts are filled with butter, but there’s no proof that they fatten. Quite the opposite: weight loss is often shown in diets with nuts. One reason is that eating nuts stimulates metabolism and makes you burn more calories. Another thing is that the high fat, protein and fiber structure of nuts gives them “fullness factor” in spades, so we feel contented not tempted to stuff our faces with less healthy foods when we eat them.


Can you eat raw hazelnuts?

Hazelnuts, known as cobnuts or filberts, are good eaten raw but when they are roasted the taste becomes milder and sweeter. They have high fat, as almost all nuts, which means they’ll go rancid pretty quickly if not refrigerated.


How many hazelnuts can I eat a day?

A healthy daily intake of nuts is 30g (a small handful) or approximately: 20 almonds. 15 cashews. 20 hazelnuts. Eating 20 Hazelnuts a day is the optimal number to get your daily nutrients demand and receive significant health benefits.


Does Nutella have hazelnuts in it?

The main ingredients of Nutella are sugar and palm oil (greater than 50%). It also contains hazelnut at 13 %, cocoa solids, and skimmed milk. In the United States and the United Kingdom, Nutella contains soy products. Nutella is even marketed as “hazelnut cream” in many countries.


Why are hazelnuts called filberts?

In Europe with a widespread consumption of hazelnuts, nuts are known as filberts, due to a coincidence. Some historians, on the other hand, believe that filbert comes from the German vollbart. This word means “full beard,” which resembles the husked coat of the hazelnut.

The name of Filbert is for both tree and nut. It has French roots and it is possible that early settlers brought filbert trees to Oregon. Hazelnut is the name invented by the English and used by early settlers in the native species.

Are hazelnuts fattening?

In short, the answer is yes, we should eat them, and no, they won’t make us gain weight if eaten in moderate amounts. The fats in nuts are mostly “good” fats.

And aside from that, our bodies don’t actually absorb all the fat found in nuts. But we do absorb the nutrients they provide.

Dietary fat: friend or foe?

Nuts do contain fat, and the amount of fat varies between nut types. For example, a 30g serving of raw cashews or pistachios contains around 15g of fat (0.5 ounces), whereas the same number of raw macadamias contains around 22g of fat (0.7 ounces).

There are different kinds of fats in our diet and some are better for us than others. Nuts contain mainly monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats.

These types of fats are known as “good fats”. They can help lower cholesterol when we eat them in place of saturated fats.

The type of fats present varies between nuts. For example, walnuts are rich in polyunsaturated fats, whereas other types of nuts such as hazelnuts and macadamias have more monounsaturated fat.


Can pregnant women eat hazelnuts?

If you have allergies to nuts in general or hazelnuts in particular, they are not safe. If you’re not, then take a step forward and make sure that you don’t get a lot of calories. Approximately 50% of the content is fat, a healthy fat, not like pig meat. It also has fiber and a few carbs, making it an ideal nut for low carb and high fat diets.


Are hazelnuts a laxative?

Yes, they are! An ounce of raw hazelnuts has 2.7 grams of dietary fiber. Dietary fiber is a cholesterol-lowering nutrient and may prevent constipation because of its laxative effect, according to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

FAQ Hazelnuts

Can diabetics eat hazelnuts?

hazelnuts have favorable macronutrient and micronutrient contents, limited number of studies have examined the effects of hazelnuts on serum lipid profiles. With the exception of one study, which has been performed in the diabetes filed, other studies have focused on non-diabetic patients. Indeed, although there are some reports about the beneficial effect of hazelnut on blood lipoproteins levels (including total cholesterol (TC) and LDL-C), the lack of information about the effects of hazelnuts on fasting blood sugar (FBS) and related variables in patients with type 2 diabetes still remained. Furthermore, to our knowledge, there have been no studies on the effects of hazelnut consumption on serum lipid profiles in the Iranian population. Thus, we conducted a randomized parallel trial to examine the effects of replacing 10% of energy intake with hazelnuts on serum lipid profiles as well as on FBS in type 2 diabetic patients.


How long do raw hazelnuts last?

Hazelnuts that are unshelled have the longest shelf life, and they look pretty in a bowl kept on the kitchen table. However, when it comes to cooking, shelled nuts are considered more convenient to work with as they also take up less room. On the other hand, it is best to keep both raw and roasted nuts prepped in various ways.


Do you have to peel hazelnuts?

No, but when you cook with hazelnuts, you’ll want to remove their thin papery skins, which tend to be bitter. You could toast them and then rub them in a kitchen towel, but it’s messy and you’ll find that some skins can be stubborn and won’t come off. There’s a better way.


What is the best way to peel hazelnuts?

There are two ways for peeling and roasting hazelnuts.

  • First method: The first one is by boiling and ice bathing the hazelnuts.
  • Second method: The second one is by roasting the nuts with the skin on and the rubbing them in a clean towel.


Follow these steps for each method to make a wonderful healthy snack for yourself at home:


  • The First Method:

Things you will need for the First method:

  • 4 tablespoon Baking Soda
  • Bowl of Ice water
  • 4 cups of water
  • 1 cup of hazelnuts


Step 1: Bring water to a boil in an average saucepan and add the baking soda to the boiling water and then instantly add the nuts. Be ready because the water will foam up right away. If it seems like it will bubble over, lower the heat immediately, and lift the pot off the heat. Don’t be like me and let the pan boil over.

What is the best way to peel hazelnuts?

Step 2: Boil for 3 or 4 minutes, stirring regularly.

To test if they are ready to blanch, lift one nut out with your slotted spoon and put it in the bowl of ice water. If the peels get off efficiently, you’re ready to go.

What is the best way to peel hazelnuts? STEP2

Step 3: Transfer the remaining nuts to the ice bath and peel off the skins. Put them on a baking cloth lined with paper towels as you go so they can dry.

What is the best way to peel hazelnuts? - STEP 3

Step 4: Preheat your oven to 350 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. place the nuts out onto the baking sheet and cook for 10-12 minutes, shaking them around about midway. Remember to keep a close eye on them to make sure they aren’t burning.


  • The second method

Things you will need for the second method:

  • 1 cup of hazelnuts
  • Clean tea towel

What is the best way to peel hazelnuts? - SECOND METHOD - Step 1

Step 1: Preheat your oven to 400 and line a baking cloth with parchment paper. Spread out the hazelnuts and roast for 5 minutes, Remember to keep an eye on them to make sure they aren’t burning.

What is the best way to peel hazelnuts? - SECOND METHOD - step 2

Step 2: Let them cool for 3 or 4 minutes, and then rub them in a clean tea towel to remove the peels.


What is the difference between filberts and hazelnuts?

If you are in eastern North America, you may call them either filberts or hazelnuts depending on your family antiquity.

If you are in the Pacific Northwest, the older generation may call them filberts and the younger generation remembers them as hazelnuts thanks to marketing rising in 1981.

If you live in Europe or England, you probably call them filberts unless you are speaking about cobnuts.

If you live in Turkey, you would call them hazelnuts. And of course, in Asia, the local names are entirely different.

So, there you have it. In the end, we don’t care what they’re called. They are wonderful!


What is the difference between macadamia and hazelnuts?

Macadamias are creamy and rich in fat, they almost taste like the inside of fresh coconut. They have a subtle, rich buttery flavor with a texture that is more creamy than crispy! Which is why they can be a great flavor for adding to coffees and beverages.

Hazelnuts are sweet, buttery and crunchy, they have an advantage over other nuts because they can stand up in recipes with many high-taste ingredients such as chocolate. The characteristic flavor of hazelnuts is nutty, toasted, with slight notes of musty and earthy.


Can dogs eat hazelnuts?

Hazelnuts are not toxic to dogs; however, they are not highly recommended for your dog. Also, nuts of any kind can cause stomachache to your dog or cause intestinal obstruction that can lead to serious digestive problems.


How can I store Hazelnuts?

Store shelled hazelnuts in a container in the freezer bag or in an airtight container for 1 year or more to remain fresh and flavorful. Airtight container hazelnuts may also remain fresh for a period of six-to-eight months in the refrigerator kept between 32 and 35 grades F.


How do you treat an allergic reaction to hazelnut nuts?

There is no actual cure for hazelnut allergy. You should Manage your hazelnut allergy only by avoiding hazelnuts and being ready for future reactions.

Talk to your allergist or doctor if you have any unusual symptoms after eating or touching hazelnuts. You may require allergy testing to determine the severity of your reaction, or to find out if you have allergies to other nuts.



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