Canadian Hazelnut: Circle Farm Tour


Saturday, May 9th, 2009 — 9:21am PST
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The last stop on my Circle Farm Tour last week in Harrison & Agassiz was at Canadian Hazelnut [Google Map].

Canadian Hazelnut

A team of brothers run the family operation, growing, processing and selling a variety of hazelnut products. We got a tour of the grounds, where their dogs came out to greet us and nibble on some leftover hazelnuts on the ground.

Canadian Hazelnut

Canadian Hazelnut

The nuts are roasted, candied, and turned into delicious chocolate snacks (including chocolate hazelnut butter). They also press it into hazelnut flour, protein powder, and hazelnut oil (perfect for summer salads).

Canadian Hazelnut

Health facts bout hazelnuts:

  • The high concentration of vitamin E in hazelnut oil prevents oxidation of the polyunsaturated fats
  • They are one of the few nuts which contain vitamin A, which is a natural antioxidant and has cancer-preventing properties
  • Hazelnuts also contain vitamin B5 and B6 & high in oleic acid, a monounsaturated fatty acid that helps to lower cholesterol
  • They lower blood pressure because of minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and potassium & contain cardioprotective arginine, an amino acid that relaxes blood vessels.
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  • Canadian Hazelnut

    I picked up some beer nuts for John and we polished them off in one evening, they were so tasty.

    Canadian Hazelnut

    Canadian Hazelnut is open year-round for self-guided orchard tours and they do “u-pick” during October & November. You can contact them by phone (604) 796-2136 or email Canadianhazelnut [at] telus.net. It’s worth the drive to head out there and stock up on hazelnut products, either for cooking, baking, snacking, or as a gift.

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    3 comments

    1. Nicole says:

      Great post! I love food 🙂

    2. That is so interesting – I just started incorporating nuts and seeds regularly into my daily diet, and hadn’t given hazelnuts any thought so far (almonds, walnuts, macadamias). I’ll definitely pick some up (and maybe pick some if I’m down there in season) and start including them. Thanks for the post!

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