Our beloved grandfather, Poppy Sol, started this business in an open-air market. Three generations later, we’re still bringing smiles to our customers' faces.
— Diane, Marietta, GA September 6, 2009
“I ordered hazelnuts on Thursday and received them on Saturday morning. What a surprise when the FedEx man brought them to the door. This is the fasted I have ever received anything I have ordered online. They arrived in perfect condition and they are simply delicious. Thank you for your prompt service and for providing a quality product. I am so glad that I found you.”
Filbert also known as the hazelnut and cob nut, is a member of the hazel family (Corylaceae). The genus name Crylus comes from the Greek word korys meaning helmet or hood which refers to the shape for the husk which covers the nut. There are two species of filberts indigenous to North America. The American filbert which is primarily located in the East and the beaked filbert located in the Pacific Northwest. Both are small, hardy, shrubby trees or bushes.
The European filbert is the source of most of the nuts of commerce and has been utilized as planting stock to develop extensive orchards in Oregon and Washington. The only other species of filbert which produces a nut valuable for human consumption, is C. maxima. It is a tall tree indigenous to southern Europe and Turkey.
When the last glacial period in northern Europe ended, the European filbert was one of the first shrub-like trees to move northward as the temperatures moderated. Traces of the filbert go back as far as 5500 B.C. Since the time when it flourished, the filbert has gradually been replaced by other types of vegetation. Nonetheless, the filbert has consistently been an important staple in the diet of man since prehistoric times. It is one of the oldest cultivated plants of Europe having been grown for many centuries in Turkey, Italy, Spain, France, Germany, and England.
Today, filberts are produced commercially in only four limited geographical regions of the world. Where the winters are mild, the springs are rather warm, the summers cool, and late freezes are rare. In each location, nearby bodies of water help to moderate the climate. Approximately seventy percent of the world's filbert production comes from the small Turkish farms bordering the southern coast of the Black Sea. Another twenty percent originates in the coastal regions of Italy, seven percent in Spain's Mediterranean coastal areas, and the remaining three percent is produced in coastal valleys or Oregon and Washington.
Harvesting of filberts in Oregon commences toward the end of September or in early October after the filberts drop to the ground. The filberts grown in Oregon and Washington are larger than those grown in Europe. There is a steady growing demand for these giant and jumbo sized filberts.
We also offer Wholesale Hazelnuts.