This type of nut refers to any nuts from trees in the genus Corylus, most notably the species Corylus avellana. There is evidence that hazelnuts have been cultivated for at least 9000 years, and they appear to be native to Scotland. Since hazelnuts are indeed a nut, it’s important to note that they are not included in AIP unless reintroduced tolerated (more on the science behind that in my post, The WHYs behind the Autoimmune Protocol: Nuts and Seeds). Hazelnuts are known to be highlights in tasty holiday dishes and paired with chocolate in a creamy spread, but they can also add a unique flavor and crunch to both sweet and savory dishes! Some of my favorite recipes that feature hazelnuts include my Shaved Brussels Slaw with Hazelnuts, Apple, and Mint; Salted Hazelnut Dark Chocolate Bark; and Chocolate Hazelnut (Zucchini) Cupcakes.
Hazelnuts are very rich in micronutrients. Specifically, they are incredibly rich in vitamin E and manganese, with 100g providing 100% RDV or more! But, hazelnuts are also rich in vitamins B1, B3, B5, B6, B9 and the dietary minerals magnesium, iron, phosphorus, and zinc! So, if tolerated, hazelnuts are a great addition to a Paleo diet.
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