An organic superfood nut which is considered as the premier source of folate. Hazelnut is incredibly nutritious and sweet tasting nut used as a medicine and a tonic to help reduce risks of acquiring heart disease.
5000 years ago this organic superfood was already being cultivated in China. In ancient Rome, Hazelnuts were one of the more popular nut. During weddings, the romans used branches of hazelnut as torches to ensure a happy marriage. It was in the 1900 that hazelnut groves started in Oregon and to this day is the biggest commercial producer of hazelnut in the US.
Its botanical name is corylus avellana and a member of the betulaceae tree family. Native to Europe and Asia, this organic superfood is a fast growing small deciduous shrub that produces flowers before the leaves and thrives in temperate climates throughout the world. Hazelnut’s shell is brown in color with a glossy and ovoid shape. The nut itself is covered with a thin layer of brown skin and when removed, revealed a white flesh that has a slightly sweet taste.
The nutritional elements of this healthful organic superfood are quite extraordinary. It’s a storehouse of a well-balanced mixture of minerals and vitamins as well as a powerful essential oil. It is packed with carbohydrate, protein and dietary fiber. The essential mineral it holds includes potassium, calcium, phosphorus, iron and particularly high in copper and manganese, both crucial in bone development. It also abundant in vitamin E that protects and maintain the integrity of cell membranes from harmful free radicals, folate or vitamin B, which is the key factor in the creation of nucleic acid, along with vitamin A, C, and K. Hazelnut is also one organic superfood with the highest content of proanthocyanidin, a compound that can help treat urinary tract infection and also reduce the risk of blood clot in the body. Being gluten free, this nut is a wonderful and safe alternative food for persons who are gluten sensitive or suffering from celiac disease.
Other health benefits you get from eating hazelnut – It helps your blood vessels to relax due to its content of a cardio protective amino acid called arginine. It has a topnotch astringent properties that can protect your skin from dryness. The oil extracted from this nut can be used in aromatherapy and as carrier oil in medicine.
Hazelnut is generally safe to eat except for individuals with confirmed hazelnut allergy should avoid any products or food preparation that contains hazelnut. Common allergic symptoms are itchiness around the lips and tongue followed by swelling of the lips and throat that may lead to life threatening breathing difficulty.
When buying hazelnut, be sure that it does not rattle in the shell, it’s a sign that the nut has already lost a lot of moisture and therefore no longer fresh.
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