Hazelnuts have a great nutrient profile. They are rich in dietary fibre, exceptionally rich in Folate, and an excellent source of Vitamin E, omega fatty acids, and also contain vitamin B6, and other trace elements.
The most abundant antioxidants in Hazelnuts are known as phenolic compounds. These phenolic compounds have been proven to decrease blood cholesterol and inflammation.
In ancient Roman times, it was a custom to donate hazel plants to bring happiness, and in France the plant was given as a wedding gift to symbolise fertility. Greek physicians would recommend crushed hazelnuts to cure coughs and the common cold.
Fun fact – Hazelnut trees can product nuts until over 80 years of age.