Everybody’s favorite spread is probably peanut butter. But, when it comes to second most liked spread of choice, I bet Nutella would rank high up there. Nutella is made from a little-known and under-utilized nut called the hazelnut.

Hazelnuts are eaten on its own, roasted, salted, or sweetened. and are nutty yet pleasantly sweet in taste. It is now being cultivated in many regions of the world, including USA as an important commercial crop (no thanks to Nutella!)

Nutritional Benefits

  • Hazelnuts are #1 among tree nuts in folate content with 8% of your DV per serving.
  • One serving of hazelnuts supplies over 25 percent of the Daily Recommended Intake (DRI) for copper and more than 90 percent of the DRI for manganese.
  • Hazelnuts are rich in flavonoids that support brain health, improve circulation and reduce symptoms associated with allergies.
  • They are rich in monounsaturated fatty acids like oleic as well as essential fatty acid, linoleic acid that both help to the “bad” LDL cholesterol and raise the “good” HDL cholesterol.

Best Ways to Use

  • They are great eaten raw as a snack.
  • Whole or chopped up, they can transform an otherwise simple salad into a satisfying, hearty plate.
  • Roasted hazelnuts can impart a buttery savoriness to everything from soups to meat dishes.
  • Puree them up to make a spread like Nutella.
  • Chop them up to add to baked products and as toppings for desserts.