You can’t go wrong with a two for one deal like Hazelnuts. They are highly nutritious and the bushes they grow on are also extremely capable of restoring air quality. It’s exciting to realize what these plants offer in the way of pollution control, reducing carbon dioxide turning to acid in the body and nutrition.
- Hazelnut project
- The Arbor Day Foundation started a Hazelnut Consortium in 2009 to study and propagate these bushes in the hopes people will begin to landscape with them and help with climate change. They feel this strongly about the benefits of a plant that provides so much, they have not only studied them for their effects for helping climate change, but have also propagated varieties suitable for several climates throughout the USA.
- Carbon dioxide acts like an acid in the body
- Hazelnuts possess solar efficiency which benefits our environment when considering climate change. They are highly effective at capturing solar energy which reduces carbon dioxide, the main thing driving these climate changes. Carbon dioxide acts like an acid in the body and the environment. Carbon is stored in branches and roots of the hazelnut bush. Any woody agriculture is good for this but hazenuts have the additional value of providing food for humans and livestock. The ancient Chinese have used them for at least 5000 years and refer to them as sacred nourishment. These plants grow to about 10-15 feet tall, are early bearing and some live as long as 80 years. The pretty, red blossoms turn into nuts, often in their second or third year.
- Hazelnut nutrition
- These nuts, also called filberts, are good in desserts, snacks and aromatic blends of coffee. Besides their buttery taste, they are rich in protein, amino acids, vitamin E, potassium and magnesium providing nutrition for humans and animals. The fat is monounsaturated so there is no problem with cholesterol. In addition to heart-healthy monounsaturated fat, hazelnuts are an excellent sourse of phytochemicals. Proanthocanidins, a type of flavonoids found in hazelnuts, are present in particularly high amounts. These compounds, which are responsible for the astringent flavor of hazelnuts’ skins, can neutralize both water-soluble and fat-soluble toxins in the body. They are also a good source of phytosterols, which help reduce cholesterol and boost the immune system, as well as Vitamin E in the form of alpha-tocopherol.
- Hazelnut: gluten-free flour, nut butter and more
- Hazelnuts can be roasted and then ground into meal and used as gluten-free flour. They may also be used raw but care must be taken to keep from over grinding and turning the nuts into butter. Some prefer to blanch the nuts first, so the outer skin is easily removed before using it as a butter or flour. Hazelnut butter is higher in protein than peanut butter. The nuts can also be used for livestock feed.
Adding hazelnuts for nutritional value is enough to make them a wonderful addition to our diet. But, knowing what they also do for the environment, makes hazelnuts a first choice to add to gardens and landscapes.