Oregon Hazelnut Facts from Katu.com:
Celebrate Oregon Hazelnuts
The Hazelnut, also known as the Filbert, is the official Oregon state nut. Folks often ask: is it a Filbert or a Hazelnut? There’s truly no wrong answer. “Filbert” is the correct name for both the tree and the nut. The name is of French origin, and early French settlers likely introduced filbert trees into Oregon. “Hazelnut” is the name coined by the English and applied to the native species by early settlers. In 1981, the Oregon Filbert Commission decided to conform to the common standard and began emphasizing “hazelnut.”
Did you know?
1. 99% of hazelnuts in the U.S. are grown in the Willamette Valley, which has a perfect combination of soils and climate found in few other places on the planet.
2. The first hazelnut orchard was planted in the Willamette valley 108 years ago and is still there.
3. Hazelnuts are a healthy option for you and your kids. Hazelnuts are rich in protein, complex carbohydrates, dietary fiber, iron, calcium and vitamin E. They are very low in sodium and sugar. Plus, Hazelnuts, like other tree nuts, contain no cholesterol. Over 80% of the total fat in hazelnuts is mono-unsaturated.
4. The hazelnut became Oregon’s official State Nut in 1989.
5. About 675 farm families grow hazelnuts on 40,000 acres in Oregon.
source: Celebrate Oregon Hazelnuts