In the United States, hazelnuts are one of the most popular but priciest nuts. There are countless savory recipes you can cook with hazelnuts in addition to the heavenly chocolate-hazelnut spread known as Nutella.
Hazelnuts ranked as the tenth most expensive nut in 2019 according to Money Inc, with average costs ranging from 61 to 91 cents per pound. Prices alone, however, are insufficient to stop consumers.
Hazelnuts continued to grow in popularity in 2018, ranking as the sixth most popular nut globally. The hazelnut market may expand by about $2.5 billion between 2022 and 2026, according to Report Linker.
The one state that provides practically all of the hazelnuts for the nation may be found in the northwest of the country.
99% of the hazelnuts produced in the US as of 2017 were cultivated in Oregon, according to Oregon State University.
According to OSU, Washington accounts for the remaining 1% of domestic hazelnut output, while the region produces between 3% and 5% of the world's total hazelnuts.
According to Oregon Hazelnuts, 87,000 acres of cropland in Oregon are now solely used for the cultivation of hazelnuts. Additionally, the high production results in a sizable profit.
The group also notes that over the previous five years, producers made an amazing average of almost to $70 million from the nuts crop.
These figures are significant, but they pale in comparison to the hazelnut production in other countries. Turkey produces the most hazelnuts worldwide by a wide margin.