It’s an age-old question among Oregonians: are they called hazelnuts or filberts?
According to European folklore, early filbert crops would ripen around August 22th, the feast day of French monk St. Philibert. As French colonists settled in Oregon in the 17th century, they planted hazelnuts and began naming the nut in honor of St. Philibert.
Whatever name you call them, we’re lucky that they grow abundantly here in Oregon and that harvest is just around the corner!
Hungry for more? Check out this Oregonian article on the nutty debate.