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American Hazelnut

Introduction of American Hazelnut

            Scientific name - Corylus americana

Native to eastern North America, the American Hazelnut nurtures as a strong multi-stemmed shrub which is best grown at full sun. During the fall, the color of the leaves change to red or purple from golden yellow! The nuts have higher nutritional value.

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Description of American Hazelnut

Native to Eastern North America, Corylus Americana i.e. the American Hazelnut, is a species of the genus Corylus. It grows upto 3-8 feet and it is at its best in dry or moist thickets, woodland, and borders of woodland, in valleys and upland. The flowering takes place during March-may and it is during July-September the fruit ripens. The fruit is globe shaped in a large, leaf-like covering. The nuts are nutritious and sweet and can be eaten raw or ground into flour for cake-like bread. The nut grows as a strong multi-stemmed shrub and for best growth and development, it prefers full sun. The nuts mature during September-October.

Rich in folate, these nuts are an excellent source of Vitamin E and are packed with B-complex groups of vitamins such as riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, pantothenic acid, pyridoxine (vitamin B-6), and folates. These hazelnuts are widely used in confectionaries chocolates, cakes and in several other items. They are also used in making butter. It is highly recommended that you buy unshelled raw nuts as a replacement for of processed ones. Avoid nuts with molds, cracks and spots, prefer bright brown-yellow color, compact, uniform in size and feel heavy in hand.

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Nutritional Value of American Hazelnut

Principle Nutrient Value Percentage of RDA
Energy 628 Kcal 31%
Carbohydrates 16.7 g 13%
Protein 14.95g 26.5%
Total Fat 60.75 g 202%
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Dietary Fiber 9.7 g 25.5%
Folates 113 g 28%
Niacin 1.8 mg 11%
Pantothenic acid 0.918 mg 18%
Pyridoxine 0.563 mg 43%
Riboflavin 0.113 mg 9%
Thiamin 0.643 mg 53.5%
Vitamin A 20 IU <1%
Vitamin C 6.3 mg 10.5%
Vitamin E 15 mg 100%
Vitamin K 14.2 g 12%
Sodium 0 mg 0%
Potassium 680 mg 14%
Calcium 114 mg 11%
Copper 1.725 mg 192%
Iron 4.7 mg 59%
Magnesium 163 mg 41%
Manganese 6.17 mg 268%
Phosphorous 290 mg 41%
Zinc 2.45 mg 22%

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Health Benefits of American Hazelnut

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arrow Prevent coronary artery disease.

arrow Protect from cancer.

arrow Cure celiac disease patients.

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