Origins / Growing Areas
By far the biggest growing region of hazelnut kernels is Turkey, producing approx. 75%-85% of the world production. Beside Turkey, Hazelnuts are grown in Spain, Italy, Oregon (USA) and some Eastern European countries (Azerbaijan, Georgia).
Grades / Varieties
Hazelnutkernels are mainly sold as kernels, which are calibrated in mm size, ranging from 15 mm up, 14-16 mm, 13-15 mm, 11-13 mm, 9-11 mm and smaller than 9-11.
Hazelnutkernels are being exported as natural (raw) as well as manufactured : blanched, blanched roasted, blanched sliced/diced/slivered, and paste.