ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Beyond Olive oil: Hazelnut (Filbert) Oil

Updated on July 2, 2014

About Hazelnut Oil

Hazelnut (also called filbert) oil has been used since antiquity in Turkey and other parts of Asia Minor, where there are native trees. The oil pressed from filberts is nutty, flavourful and delicious. While filbert oil is not good for frying, since it has a low smoke point, filbert oil is delicious in a variety of dishes that call for oil to be used, especially where you want more taste than canola oil, sunflower oil, safflower oil, or peanut oil, and not so fruity a flavour as olive oil. In that case, if you want a nutty flavour, this oil may be the perfect choice! Filbert oil is also great brushed onto food for grilling, although you may need to adjust your grilling temperature slightly.

Even if you have never eaten a hazelnut, you may be familiar with the taste, since they are used in the delicious chocolate spread, Nutella, and in many other dishes with chocolate. Filbert oil is made from the nuts, and although it may be difficult to find, it's worth trying for its great flavour! The best hazelnut oil comes from roasted hazelnuts, so try to find a brand that specifies that the filberts have been roasted. Many chefs prefer hazelnut oil from certain regions of France, but for most of us ordinary cooks, roasted filbert oil from other regions will serve just as well. Choose a cold-pressed oil for the most flavour.

This nut and its oil are especially high in folic acid and the other B vitamins, as well as oleic acid, linoleic acid, and vitamin E. Filbert oil is also a good source of calcium, potassium, and magnesium, along with other micronutrients.

If Your Store Doesn't Carry Filbert Oil

La Tourangelle Roasted Hazelnut Oil, 16.9-Ounce Unit (Pack of 3)
La Tourangelle Roasted Hazelnut Oil, 16.9-Ounce Unit (Pack of 3)

This brand contains oil from roasted filberts, generally considered to be the best kind of hazelnut oil.

 

Nut Allergy Warning

Never use filbert oil if you are allergic to tree nuts.

Filberts
Filberts | Source

Use

Hazelnut oil is rather strongly flavoured, so use it with caution until you are familiar with it. One of the best ways to use hazelnut oil is to replace corn oil, vegetable oil, or canola oil in baked goods: cakes, brownies, and cookies. The taste of hazelnut oil mixes exceptionally well with chocolate, berries, and citrus fruits, especially oranges.

Salad dressings are another way to use hazelnut oil, although you may find you need to cut the taste with a lighter-flavoured oil, or use less dressing than you normally would. You can also use it as a replacement for olive oil in Mediterranean dishes like hummus or baba ganoush, in pâtés, and one of my favourite ways: preserving lemons or oranges in oil (other citrus fruits such as limes and grapefruits can be preserved this way, too).

Hazelnut oil is also extremely beneficial used externally on both skin and hair, and it is often used in massage oils. Filbert oil strengthens the capillaries (small blood vessels), and is useful in protecting the skin and hair from ultraviolet radiation.

Comments

Submit a Comment

No comments yet.

working

This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

Show Details
Necessary
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Features
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Marketing
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Statistics
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)