Plants and Health

Hazelnut: benefits and virtues


The hazelnut is the fruit ofhazel (Corylus avellana), a bushy shrub that belongs to the Betulaceae family, native to the temperate zone of the northern hemisphere. Hazelnuts have a subtle taste and excellent nutritional qualities. It is a fruit that has many health benefits and virtues.

  • Gardening: cultivating the hazelnut tree well

Hazelnuts and their health benefits

  • Rich in lipids and proteins, the hazelnut is energy source but it also presents a large amount of vitamins, minerals and trace elements. It is a food of choice to include in vegetarian diets.
  • Very strong antioxidant, the hazelnut plays a role in reducing the damage caused by free radicals in the body involved in the appearance of diseases cardiovascular, from some cancers and other diseases related to aging.
  • Hazelnuts contain a high amount of ’monounsaturated fatty acids who tend to do lower "bad" cholesterol.
  • Source of fiber insoluble and soluble, the hazelnut contributes to the proper functioning of the intestinal transit and the prevention of cardiovascular illnesses and the control of certain types ofdiabetes.
  • The leaves of the hazelnut tree have an action vasoconstrictor and antiinflammatory. Externally, decoctions of hazelnut leaves (30 g of leaves per liter of water) relieve pain in varicose veins and the venous disorders in general, and help to appease someskin conditions. They are also recognized for qualities astringent that relieve and regulate diarrhea.
  • In children, thenuts oil can serve as mild dewormer.
  • Bark hazelnut twigs, when used externally, is an excellent local sedative for hemorrhoids. It also allows the healing of varicose ulcers.

Growing the hazelnut tree for its benefits

Plant your hazelnuts in a place sunny, cleared and sheltered from east winds. He likes the grounds fresh, light, deep and rather humus. At low concentrations, hazelnut tolerates limestone.

  • Gardening: cultivating the hazelnut tree well

A young hazel tree can stay potted for three or four years provided you grow it in a container of at least 40 cm.

Hazelnuts in the kitchen for their benefits

We bite the hazelnuts nature, fresh or dry. We love them too grilled, in ice cream, in liqueur, in the cakes orin aperitif. They go particularly well with chocolate.

You can use hazelnut oil in salad dressings, it goes particularly well with lamb's lettuce. She is highly sought after for her lipid composition.

Nutritional benefits of hazelnuts

680 kcal / 100 g. Hazelnuts are rich in vitamin B and E, magnesium, trace elements and fiber. The hazelnut is a quality nutritional supplement, a good anti-anemic. Among all the oleaginous fruits, hazelnuts are the richest in proteins and lipids.

Video: Are Raw Hazelnuts Safe To Eat (October 2020).