What are hazelnuts?

Photo of roasted unshelled hazelnuts

Hazelnuts are the fruit of the common hazel (Corylus avellana). They are included within the nuts.

They consist of an oval hard shell. In its interior, there is the edible nut.

This fruit, in its natural state, is slightly whitish brown, but if, it's fried or roasted, it shows a more intense brown color.

They have an intense flavor, and a crunchy and pasty texture.

What are the main nutrients of hazelnuts? Composition of hazelnuts

composition of hazelnuts

As an energy source, 100 grams of hazelnuts give us 628 calories.

Their proportion of nutrients are divided into:

Vitamins and minerals in hazelnuts:

Hazelnuts are rich in potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, but they also contain calcium and iron.

Hazelnuts are rich in vitamin E, but they also provide us with vitamin A, vitamin C and B vitamins, such as vitamin B1 and vitamin B2.

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Photo of dry shelled hazelnuts

Nutritional characteristics of hazelnuts

  • They have a very low water content, since they are dried fruits.

  • They give us a lot of energy in the form of calories, which help us maintain our vitality. Although we do not generally consume 100 grams of dried fruit, but the portions are about 20 grams.

  • They contain a lot of fat, with unsaturated high quality and very beneficial to health.

  • They have a significant content in protein.

  • They are high in carbohydrates, especially starches.

  • They contain a lot of fiber.

  • They help to remove toxins from our body, because of their potassium.

  • They help keep the proper brain functions, because they contains phosphorus. In addition, together with calcium, they can keep the balance of the formation of strong bones.

  • Because of their magnesium content, they are needed for the contraction and relaxation of muscles.

  • Their manganese content helps us keep in proper state our brain function and they protect us from respiratory infections.

  • For its vitamin B1 and B2, they aid to get energy, proteins and carbohydrates, and maintain our defenses.

  • They protect us from the toxins and aging, because they are high in vitamin E, vitamin A and vitamin C.

dibujos de avellanas
Drawings of hazelnuts (More food drawings)

Hazelnuts in the kitchen:

- Some recipes.

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