Hazelnut meal is made from whole raw hazelnuts and has the texture of course flour with a deliciously sweet and nutty flavour.
Hazelnuts, also known as filberts, have been consumed for over 9000 years with remains of cooked hazelnut shells found in a pit on an island in Scotland, suggesting that even back then humans enjoyed the taste of roasted hazelnuts. Hazelnuts are grown and commercially harvested all over the world with Turkey leading the way, producing over 660 thousand tonnes every year.
There are many health benefits to hazelnut meal as they retain most of the nutrients of whole hazelnuts or filberts, only losing some of the oils and some anti-oxidants in the grinding process. Hazelnut meal is a good source of mono-unsaturated oils, which are known to reduce LDL cholesterol (bad fat) and can increase HDL cholesterol (good fat). It also contains considerable levels of Vitamin E, a potent anti-oxidant that can reduce inflammation in the body and slow down aging. Hazelnut meal is a good source of folate, which helps to reduce the risk of degenerative brain conditions in older age and its also contains thiamine (B1) to assist with cognitive function and nerve health.