Capturing natural goodness in hazelnuts from soil to snack
As you walk around the villages tucked away in Turkey’s Eastern Black Sea hills, every sight and sound is permeated by hazelnuts, or Findik. They carpet the towering hillsides, they are the subject of conversations in supermarkets and gas stations, and on display behind glass cabinets in hotels and restaurants.
You can understand why this is the world’s hazelnut heartland. And why to hazelnut lovers, it’s a haven.
“Hazelnuts from the Black Sea region have the highest quality among other varieties grown around the world. Their high kernel percentage, fat content, and level of skin separation also make them the most suitable for processing, so together with their naturally sweet, buttery flavor, these hazelnuts are perfect as a nourishing snack or delicious added ingredient” says Gözde Özpolat, R&D Engineer at ofi’s Piraziz processing facility, which produces a range of whole hazelnuts, pieces, pastes, and powders.