NATIONAL HAZELNUT CAKE DAY | June 1
June 1 is a day to spend some time in the kitchen baking up a delicious hazelnut cake as you take part in National Hazelnut Cake Day.
Are there other names for hazelnuts?
What are some fun facts about hazelnuts and the trees they come from?
- Oregon produces 99% of the country’s hazelnuts.
- In 1989, the hazelnut became Oregon’s official state nut.
- A hazel tree can produce fruit for over 80 years.
- There are up to 18 species of hazel, all of which are edible.
- Hazel trees grow anywhere from 10 to 120 feet high.
- Hazelnuts are harvested each year in the middle of fall.
- 3.5 ounces of hazelnuts equals 628 calories.
- The scientific name for the hazelnut plant is Corylus avellana.
What kind of vitamins and minerals to hazelnuts contain? Eating hazelnuts improve your health. Medical experts agree that hazelnuts are one of the healthiest kinds of nuts to eat. To get the maximum health benefits from hazelnuts, you should try to consume between 25 and 30 pieces a day. Eating a healthy will help to balance out cholesterol levels, as well as increase heart health and reduce blood pressure. Some people eat hazelnuts to aid in weight loss or improve their digestive function.
- Dietary fiber
- Vitamin E
- Healthy fats
- B vitamins
Hazelnuts are very versatile, which is why a hazelnut is one of the most popular flavors available. Hazelnut is a favorite flavoring in coffee. There is even a vodka-based hazelnut liquor that is becoming extremely popular. These sweet and buttery nuts also complement a variety of recipes, which is why they go so well in cake all their own. When you combine hazelnuts with chocolate, it makes a delicious spread. Many hazelnut cake recipes include a hazelnut spread as a topping or in between layers. Hazelnut also enhances the flavor of:
- Ice cream
You can also incorporate hazelnuts into your diet by adding them to trail mix, drinking hazelnut milk, and spreading nut butter on your bread.
- Bake up your favorite hazelnut cake and savor the delicious reward.
- Serve it with iced coffee on a sunny patio or balcony.
- Make hazelnut cupcakes and deliver them to someone as a surprise.
- Share your favorite hazelnut cake recipes using #HazelnutCakeDay to post on social media.
NUTTY HAZELNUT CAKE DAY HISTORY
During the pre-European era, hazelnuts were used for making oil. They were also roasted or eaten raw. European immigrants get for bringing these sweet and delicious nuts to the United States. Today in North America, hazelnuts are native to the Midwest, North and South Eastern United States, and Canada.
Ancient Romans believed hazelnuts ensured a long and happy marriage. Because of this, they used torches made from hazel tree branches during wedding ceremonies. In Greece, physicians recommended crushed hazelnuts to cure the common cold.
National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this dessert holiday. While we do, check out these other cake holidays in June: