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My fresh Oregon hazelnuts just arrived!  Since discovering the fresh hazelnuts that are grown in Oregon, I have really come to appreciate the flavor and versatility of these aromatic nuts.   I like to use the whole kernels for tarts and for snacking.  I choose minced toasted hazelnuts for salads and for my oatmeal in the morning.  I also use these in my arugula pesto recipe

Hazelnuts are high in protein, iron, calcium, vitamin B6, vitamin E and fiber.  Each hazelnut has about 8 calories.  However, you don’t need to use a large amount of hazelnuts in your recipes, as their intense flavors go a long way.   

I order my hazelnuts from Freddy Guys (www.freddyguys.com/), a family run operation in Monmouth, Orgeon.  The folks at Freddy Guys are so friendly and knowledgeable, and the quality of their hazelnuts is first-rate.  The prices are very reasonable, too.  Believe me, you will not be disappointed with the products you receive from them.  Try some of these amazing nuts soon in your favorite recipes.

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