Hazelnuts have a hard shell encasing an edible seed covered in a thin, dark brown skin. Cultivated for over 9000 years, hazelnuts grow best in temperature climates near large bodies of water. Hazelnuts are rich in protein, oleic acid and antioxidants and are consumed both raw and roasted.

After Hazelnut seeds are separated from their hard outer shells, hazelnut kernels are ready for processing. Hazelnuts can be roasted, diced, mealed and pureed. Hazelnuts are consumed both as snack and utilized in a wide variety of bakery and confectionery products.