If you have old-school parents like mine, you might have heard a hazelnut called a filbert and vice versa. This may have led you to scratch your head and wonder if there is a difference between a hazelnut and a filbert. I’m here to tell you that there is!
According to this fascinating site, hazelnuts are grown commercially only in the Pacific Northwest. Filberts, while similar, are of European origin.
Why the sudden interest in hazelnuts, MJ?
- Well, first, they’re in season and I do live in the PNW (where, frankly, not enough attention is given to hazelnuts).
- Second, I went to this amazing fruit tree show (and I thought I had obsessions) and saw hazelnuts in the shell for the very first time. I’m not sure if “shell” is the right terminology here.
- Third, and really the most important reason, I want to make hazelnut paste using honey instead of sugar. It shouldn’t be that hard. I’m thinking once I make it, I can store it in the cupboard or fridge and whip it out whenever the hazelnut-coffee or hazelnut-cocoa or hazelnut-ice cream mood strikes me (often).
In the meantime, here are some shots of hazelnuts in the shell for you: