In Ancient Rome, it was customary to offer a hazelnut plant, the Corylus avellana, in the belief that it brought happiness. What's more, the hazelnut is represented as the symbol of the Revelations of Divine Love in a 14th century book written by Julian of Norwich, a Christian mystic and theologian.
With the sole exception of almonds, the hazelnut offers the highest content of vitamin E, an important anti-ageing vitamin. As we age, our bodies produce less of the co-enzyme Q-10 - an antioxidant substance that protects our cells from free radicals and enables them to grow healthily. Q-10 is abundant in hazelnuts.
Does any of this mean that if you consume hazelnuts you will be happier, be loved beyond your dreams, enjoy a more youthful appearance, and live longer?
Maybe. Maybe not. But think of all the eating enjoyment you'll miss if you don't partake in this snack delicacy!
That's where Holmquist Hazelnut Orchards comes in. Our 5th generation family of Northwest farm growers is renowned for producing the freshest and highest quality hazelnut products on the market.
Ever since John Victor Holmquist- with his grand vision and keen foresight, emigrated from his native Finland in 1905 to the heavily timbered acreage of Judson Lake near Lynden, Wash., Holmquist Hazelnut Orchards has been all about growing, processing, promoting and delivering the freshest, highest quality hazelnuts and hazelnut products! Drawn to the rich, fertile soil and mild weather of the Pacific Northwest during the 1920s, the Holmquist family planted their first filbert orchard! Decades later, beginning in the 1970s, Victor's grandson, Gerald, and his family planted additional hazelnut orchards.
Still to this day, our family owned and operated farm reflects John Victor's reputation for unwavering integrity and for building enduring relationships with our customers and with area organizations invested in our community.
Holmquist Hazelnut Orchards, nestled in the Dutch-influenced hamlet of Lynden, grows, distributes and sells many varieties, flavors and sizes of fresh, heart-healthy hazelnuts. As a gesture to our most health-conscious customers, our natural or raw and our wildly popular dry-roasted varieties of Holmquist hazelnuts are Non-GMO and gluten free! Additional health benefits of our raw hazelnuts include being rich in antioxidants, high in protein and fiber, low in saturated fats, and low cholesterol and sodium free!
Our product line includes raw, dry roasted, and roasted & salted hazelnuts, as well as a tantalizing selection of chocolate coated hazelnuts comprised of Belgian dark and Belgian milk chocolate varieties! For special occasions, consider our delectable and utterly irresistible Butter Toffee hazelnuts! What's more, Holmquist Hazelnut Orchards offers diverse selections of Gift Packs that can be custom prepared and are suitable for any personal or business occasion.
Our hazelnut products extend to our very popular line of hazelnut flour - which accents pastries, cookies and pancakes with a wonderful flavor and provides hearty nutrition! Indulge in our chopped hazelnuts as they offer sweet and savory toppings to your favorite dessert or entrée! Then there's our hazelnut butter - an excellent source of protein and vitamins, and hazelnut oil, which, as many of our customers already know and appreciate, is an appetizing addition to salads, marinades, and homemade mayonnaise.
At Holmquist Hazelnut Orchards, over one hundred years of innovation and hard work go into the production and cultivation of our locally-grown, farm-fresh hazelnuts!