Hazelnuts originated from the Northern region of Turkey along the Black Sea coast in Ordu and Giresun. It’s production in Turkey can be traced back over 2,000 years, making Turkey the first producer of hazelnuts. Today, Turkey is the world’s largest producer, approximately making up 75% of worldwide production.
During the Summer months, hazelnuts (fındık in Turkish) are harvested. Grown on trees, hazelnuts are picked from the trees with their branches and sold still wrapped in their leaves (as seen in the photo). To enjoy them fresh, pull the leaves off and crack open to enjoy.
To make dried hazelnuts, once picked, they’re laid under the sun until the leaves turn brown. The hazelnuts are then separated from their leaves and are dried under the sun for approximately 20 days.
Nutella’s hazelnuts come from Turkey.