Hazelnut Oil - Gourmet Guide

June 12, 2019 | By Dave Mattingly

Hazelnut Oil is a delicious nut oil pressed from hazelnuts. Hazelnuts, also called filbert nuts, have been cultivated in China for more than 5,000 years. Hazelnuts have been grown in the Pacific Northwest since the middle of the 20th century. Today, hazelnuts are second to only almonds in commercial production with most of the world's hazelnuts sourced from Turkey.

Hazelnut Oil is made by grinding, roasting, pressing and then lightly filtering hazelnuts. Hazelnut Oil is able to withstand medium to high heats and is ideal for use in cooking or baking. Hazelnut Oil adds a rich flavor to salad dressings, pasta, grilled meat and especially fish. This exquisite nut oil is a delicious addition to nut-based baked goods, and is a rich substitute for butter when drizzled on vegetables.

Hazelnut Oil is often compared to olive oil due to their similar health benefits. Both have the same fatty acid composition with a high oleic-acid content, a type of mono-unsaturated fatty acid, that has been shown to raise levels of HDLs (good cholesterol) and lower levels of LDLs (bad cholesterol). Adding Hazelnut Oil to your diet can lead to a healthier lifestyle.

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