2019: A Hazelnut Year in Review

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We say it every year, but it never stops being true—how it is already December?! It feels like spring just sprung and we were preparing for warmer weather. 2019 went by fast, but it was still a landmark year in the ongoing hazelnut renaissance.

First, more farmers are continuing to discover the value of hazelnuts. Lifelong growers are adding acres of new trees and new growers are dipping their toes in the water for the first time. We are excited to see what the harvest looks like in two or three years from now; with so many young trees in the ground, the potential is unprecedented.

As an industry, we continue to explore new avenues. In late 2019, we began an extensive market research project that will go well into 2020. This research will provide in-depth insights on prospective international markets for hazelnut exports. Moreover, we expanded our trade show footprint and have begun attending major international foodservice shows to give industry leaders from across the globe a sampling of Oregon hazelnuts.

We welcomed visitors from all over the world, and chefs and bloggers from right in our own backyard. Consumers, chefs and growers are all discovering the uniqueness and versatility or Oregon hazelnuts.

As 2019 draws to a close, the Oregon hazelnut outlook is bright, and we are enthusiastic about what the upcoming years can bring. To celebrate the holiday season, we picked some of our favorite recipes to satisfy a hungry holiday home. Happy holidays!

 

Oregon Cheese and Hazelnut Board with Honey

This hazelnut and cheese board has a little something for everybody with each flavor chosen to pair deliciously with hazelnuts.

Candied Hazelnuts

These bite-sized morsels are perfect to satisfy that sweet tooth. They only take four ingredients to make, and every square is the ideal blend of hazelnut and caramel.

Apple Pie

We took the classic apple pie recipe and added hazelnuts to the crust. Blend the hazelnuts and flour in a food processor to incorporate the nutty accents into every slice of this iconic dessert!