Getting “nutty” waiting on my book, #grandpasorchard!! Here are some fun Hazelnut facts from the #Oregon Hazelnuts website.
The hazelnut became Oregon’s official State Nut in 1989.
Hazelnuts are also known as “filberts.”
Some speculate the name originated from “full beard,” which refers to the husk (or “beard”) that entirely covers the nut in some varieties. Others believe the name was derived from St. Philibert, as August 22 (a date that corresponds to the ripening of the earliest filberts in England) is dedicated to him.
About 800 Oregon farm families grow hazelnuts on 45,000 acres.