What's the difference between a hazelnut and a filbert? There is no difference.
In 1995 the official name "hazelnut" was given to allay confusion on the world market. Ninety-nine percent of the hazelnuts grown in the United States come from the rich soils and ideal growing conditions of the Willamette Valley in Oregon.
The name "filbert" comes from an early Christian martyr known as St. Philibert who lived in a region where the nuts grew in abundance.
The filberts' ripened fruit is covered by a full beard-like husk: fulbeard, filberte, filbird, and fylbyrd eventually evolving to "filbert". Mercury, conductor of souls to the underworld, carried a caduceus from a filbert tree.
Biblical folklore tells of Adam and Eve creating animals by power of a hazel rod given to them by God.
Shakespeare in "The Taming of the Shrew" has a suitor refer to his love:"Kate, like the hazel twig is straight and slender and brown in hue as hazelnuts and sweeter than the kernels." To Shakespearean audiences hazelnuts were a kind of popcorn whose shells helped pave the floor or the Globe Theater.
The origin of the hazelnut's name remains an enchanted enigma. From the gardens of gods to the orchards in the Willamette Valley, each year's harvest brings the flavorful pleasures of this magical little nut.
Visit our online hazelnut store to see all the delicious variety of hazelnuts we offer. Our health conscious customers should look at our nutritional chart and ingredients for more details on products' nutritional information.