Also known as the cobnut or the filbert, the hazelnut is mostly used in confectionery goods, including praline, truffles, Nutella, and Ferrero Rocher. It is also used in Frangelico liqueur and some brands of coffee creamer. Hazelnut oil can be used for cooking. Turkey is the largest producer of hazelnuts in the world. However, you can find them almost anywhere. Hazelnuts can be used raw, roasted, or ground into a paste. The kernel of the hazelnut seed is also edible. Hazelnuts are rich in protein, vitamin E, manganese, and other essential nutrients.
Hazelnuts are a member of the tree nut family that is high in fiber. Studies have shown a diet high in fiber is good for the heart. Perhaps a hearty bowl of steel cut oats with some chopped hazelnuts will help raise your good cholesterol and lower the bad. Hazelnuts also contain a large amount of monounsaturated fatty acids, which will lower your bad cholesterol and raise your good. Whether you enjoy them raw or roasted, hazelnuts contain a considerable amount of magnesium which helps to regulate your body's balance of calcium and potassium, which is crucial to your blood pressure.
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