Hazelnuts originated in Asia and were considered to be one of ancient China’s 5 sacred foods. Divining rods were made of Y-shaped hazel tree branches and the ancient Romans would light hazel touches during wedding nights as a sign of fertility and ensure a long and happy marriage. No wonder why they not only taste awesome but are also super healthy for you.
Like other nuts, hazelnuts are good for heart health and to lower cholesterol. But our mighty little hazelnut has one of the highest levels of manganese which has been shown to reduce oxidative damage and decrease the risk of cancer. It’s also pretty high in fiber which is cool too.