European perception and with the increasing consumer trend for upscale, unique products, consumers have shown hazelnuts to be perceived as special and indulgent. Romantic, benign and versatile hazelnuts are a perfect complement to any number of food products and menu items. Hazelnuts are typically produced in large quantities and are of uncompromising quality to meet burgeoning global demand.
The top producer of hazelnuts, by a large margin, is Turkey, specifically Giresun Province and Ordu. Turkish hazelnut production of 625,000 tonnes accounts for approximately 75% of worldwide production. Nutella consumes 25% of global supply
Nutritional Valueof Hazelnuts
Hazelnuts are rich in protein and unsaturated fat. Moreover, they contain significant amounts of thiamine and vitamin B6, as well as smaller amounts of other B vitamins. Additionally, for those persons who need to restrict carbohydrates, 1/4 L. of hazelnut flour has 20 g of carbohydrates, 12 g fibre, for less than 10 net carbohydrates. Hazelnuts contain the highest concentration of folate, which reduces risk factors for cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, neural tube defects, and depression. Hazelnuts have been deemed the most beneficial nut for heart health, containing a mix of beneficial compounds that protect against coronary disease.
A cob is roughly spherical to oval, about 15–25 millimetres (0.59–0.98 in) long and 10–15 millimetres (0.39–0.59 in) in diameter
- Whole Kernel Size Standards
- Standard 1. 13-15mm
- Standard 2. 11-13mm
- Standard 3. 9-11mm
- Turkish Hazelnuts are available between 9-16mm upon request from the food manufacturer.