Hazelnuts: from prehistoric times to the present day.

Discover the origin and characteristics of our Tonda Gentile IGP hazelnut, loved by the whole world and produced in our hills.

The origins

Hazelnuts have always existed. Traces of it have been found dating back to the Pleistocene glaciations, in Northern Europe, North America and Asia. For man it has always represented an important source of energy. At the time of ancient Rome and in France, giving a hazelnut plant (Corylus avellana) was a wish for happiness and fertility.

The success of the hazelnut dates back to 1806 when Napoleon imposed a block on imports of cocoa from the Americas. What better substitute for cocoa mass than toasted and finely chopped hazelnuts?

The creator of this modification destined to change Piedmontese pastry with the creation of Gianduiotto is not certain. The candidates are different but the most accredited seems to be Michel Prochet, the Waldensian chocolatier who decreed the beginning of the fortune of the Tonda Gentile Trilobata.


The Nocciola del Piemonte PGI has a spherical shape of not very uniform size with a shell of medium thickness, not shiny and with numerous streaks. The seed has a variable shape and a compact and crunchy texture. It has a fine and persistent flavor and once toasted it is easily peeled. If blended into a cream, well ... don't taste it or you will be addicted!

Nutritional properties of hazelnuts

Among all dried fruit it is the one with the greatest quantity of oily substances, about 61% and for the most part it is oleic acid.

The fats present in hazelnuts are mainly composed of unsaturated acids, very similar to extra virgin olive oil and are extremely important for our diet.

Hazelnuts are cholesterol-free and rich in proteins and vitamins E, A and C as well as mineral salts such as iron, magnesium, phosphorus, calcium and also have a certain fiber content.

It is particularly suitable for feeding children, sportsmen, pregnant women and during breastfeeding.

In the hills we found Monferrato Hazelnut Cake, a project entirely dedicated to hazelnut cake! discover it at the following link!


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