Care of Amy Symington of ameliaeats.com
Also known as the filbert nut or cobnut, hazelnuts have a rich, bitter, and unique nutty flavour that make any basic dish or dessert seem decadent. Hazelnuts contain beneficial flavanoids which have been shown to support brain health, improve our circulation, and help keep symptoms associated with allergies at bay.
Hazelnuts are also high in polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fatty acids. They are specifically high in oleic acid which has been shown to lower LDL cholesterol and increase HDL cholesterol. This will help to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.
But wait, there’s more! They are also rich in Vitamin E, folate, potassium, calcium, and magnesium.
Use them in salads, pestos, nut cheeses, spreads, granola, and of course your favourite cheesecakes, coffee cakes, cupcakes, trifles or any sweet treat of your choosing!