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Q: Can you eat raw hazelnuts?
A: Hazelnuts, known as cobnuts or filberts, are good eaten raw but when they are roasted the taste becomes milder and sweeter. They have high fat, as almost all nuts, which means they'll go rancid pretty quickly if not refrigerated.

Be aware that raw hazelnuts will go rancid fairly quickly -- 4 months to

6 months in the pantry, 1 year in the refrigerator and often longer than 1 year in the freezer.

Rancidity shows in either the taste or the smell.

If the kernel smells paint-like or like rancid butter, that's a pretty sure sign. Same thing if the hazelnut tastes unpleasant and bitter. While you won't get sick after eating a couple of rancid hazelnuts, please note that they aren't particularly healthy.

Q: Are hazelnuts a laxative?
A: Yes, they are! An ounce of raw hazelnuts has 2.7 grams of dietary fiber. Dietary fiber is a cholesterol-lowering nutrient and may prevent constipation because of its laxative effect, according to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Q: What is the status of your DuChilly Hazelnuts?
A: As the Eastern Filbert Blight has overwhelmed our DuChilly orchards, we are forced to gradually scale back on our production of this hazelnut until it is no longer available. The Eastern Filbert Blight has been slowly destroying our DuChilly Hazelnut orchards over the past few decades. The DuChilly, in particular, is highly susceptible to this disease.

The decline of the DuChilly Hazelnuts also stems from the desire among hazelnut growers to harvest more vigorous varieties of hazelnuts, which are in high demand by commercial and industrial growers. Being a small hazelnut tree and that the DuChilly is not a very precocious or heavy fruit-bearing tree, does not typically make them viable to commercial growers looking for high production and profitability.

Another challenge with DuChilly Hazelnuts is their long shape and stubborn husk make for difficult and tedious processing, especially when mixed in with the more common round type of hazelnuts.

Holmquist Hazelnut Orchards will continue to do well in the market place as we have taken pro-active measures in recent years that include replacing nearly all of our older varieties - DuChilly, Barcelona, Ennis - with newer and more robust varieties of hazelnuts that should provide us with many years of production.

Q: What is important to know when roasting and storing hazelnuts?
A:Roasting Hazelnuts
Roasting hazelnuts intensifies their unique flavor and develops their color. Best results can be achieved using a low temperature and longer time. To roast kernels, spread whole kernels in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake at 275°F. for 15-20 minutes. Take care not to over roast as nuts can scorch quickly. To remove skins, wrap warm hazelnuts in a dish towel and let them sit for 5 to 10 minutes. Rub vigorously in towel. Many varieties do not lose their skins entirely, which is a good thing! Hazelnut skins add nutrients and color.

Storing Hazelnuts
An easy rule of thumb is the more the nuts are processed, the shorter the shelf life they will have. It is best to process (roast, chop, slice, grind) just before use. However, if you'd like to have hazelnuts handy for adding to a variety of dishes, then simply roast the kernels, dice and freeze in an airtight container away from foods with strong odors. They will keep for over a year in the freezer and you can remove the amount you need, bring them to room temperature and use immediately.

Q: What types of hazelnuts do you offer and specialize in?
A: At Holmquist Hazelnut Orchards, we have been growing hazelnuts since the 1920's and specialize in an old cultivar called DuChilly (oblong shaped, thin skinned, sweet flavor). The DuChilly variety has become an heirloom hazelnut for our family over 5 generations. We are also working with new varieties of hazelnuts and offer them in many varieties, flavors and sizes. We offer different value-added hazelnuts like dry roasted, flavored/seasoned, candy coated and Belgian chocolate covered hazelnuts. We sell a gourmet line of hazelnut oil, hazelnut butter and hazelnut flour.

Q: How can I track my order?
A: UPS Ground - 2 to 7 business days plus 24-72 hours to process the order.

UPS 2-Day - 2 to 3 business days plus 24-72 hours to process the order.

Shipping times will not be guaranteed.

All orders require 24-72 hours processing time before shipping.

Holmquist Hazelnut Orchards LLC does not process orders during weekends.

Holmquist Hazelnut Orchards LLC does not guarantee same day shipping.

Holmquist Hazelnut Orchards LLC does not offer International/Canadian shipping options at this time.

Q: If my product is damaged can I get a replacement or refund?
A: Your hazelnuts come with a satisfaction guarantee. If for any reason you are not satisfied with our product, simply return the hazelnuts (or remaining hazelnuts if more than one) in its original packaging "unopened", with a written explanation why you would like a refund. Returns and exchanges of merchandise will be accepted within 15 days of invoice date. At Holmquist Hazelnut Orchards LLC, customer satisfaction is our main priority.

If you're not happy, we're not happy.

(Please note that shipping fees are non-refundable, we will only refund shipping costs if the return is a result of our error.

Q: How do you dry the nuts when they come in from the fields and go through the cleaning and washing process?
A: With a whole lot of heat! Think of it like a very large gas furnace and you'll get the idea. The heat produced is enough to dry tons of hazelnuts at a time.

Q: Why are hazelnuts also called Filbert nuts?
A: Filbert nuts: according to the most widely believed story explaining this second name, it's due to the feast day of French saint St.Philbert, that falls on August 20th.

People started applying the saint's name to the nuts that were in season on his feast day.

Q: How many hazelnuts can I eat a day?
A: A healthy daily intake of nuts is 30g (a small handful) or approximately: 20 almonds. 15 cashews. 20 hazelnuts. Eating 20 Hazelnuts a day is the optimal number to get your daily nutrients demand and receive significant health benefits.

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