FAQs

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We pride ourselves on helping our customers understand more about hazelnuts and we built this Frequently Asked Questions page with that in mind. If there’s anything we haven’t covered here, please feel free to reach out to us.

Eating Hazelnuts

Yes! Hazelnuts, also known as cobnuts or filberts, are great when eaten raw and become more flavorful and robust when roasted. 

Like most nuts, they have a high, healthy fat content so make sure you refrigerate them to keep them from going bad. Raw hazelnuts will go rancid in 3 to 6 months in the pantry but will last up to 1 year in the refrigerator and even longer in the freezer. 

If your raw hazelnuts smell paint-like or like rancid butter, they’re past their prime. While you probably won’t get sick after eating a couple of rancid hazelnuts, they aren’t particularly healthy (or tasty.)

 

While you can eat as many hazelnuts as your heart desires, a healthy daily intake of nuts is 30 grams or about 20 hazelnuts. If you’re trying to measure out quickly, a small handful will usually suffice. If you’re heard of an apple a day keeping the doctor away, a handful of hazelnuts will have similar results. Find out more about the nutritional benefits of hazelnuts below.

While you can eat as many hazelnuts as your heart desires, a healthy daily intake of nuts is 30 grams or about 20 hazelnuts. If you’re trying to measure out quickly, a small handful will usually suffice. If you’re heard of an apple a day keeping the doctor away, a handful of hazelnuts will have similar results. Find out more about the nutritional benefits of hazelnuts below.

Holmquist History

Our DuChilly Hazelnuts have been well-known over the years for their distinct oblong shape, sweet flavor and unique thin skin. While DuChilly Hazelnuts have their benefits, they aren’t as hardy as other hazelnut crops.

The Eastern Filbert Blight overwhelmed many DuChilly orchards, including ours, so we’ve gradually scaled back on our production of the DuChilly. As far as we know, we are the last commercial grower of DuChilly in the United States.

While we’ll always have fond memories of the DuChilly, we’ve started to phase it out for other newer, more robust varieties that will help us deliver the quality our customers have come to expect from Holmquist Hazelnuts.

At Holmquist Hazelnut Orchards, we have been growing a wide variety of hazelnuts since the 1920’s. Originally, we specialized in the DuChilly variety, but as mentioned above, that variety has since been scaled back.

Today, we offer the highest quality hazelnuts perfect for snacking, cooking, and baking. Don’t forget to check out our hazelnut flour, oil, or Belgian chocolate covered hazelnuts. There are even options for bulk ordering to save you time and money.

According to the most widely believed story, it’s due to the feast day of the French saint, St. Philbert. This celebration falls on August 20th which happens to be the same time hazelnuts are ready to be harvested.

No. We no longer sell the Ennis variety of hazelnuts.

Ordering

After you order, you’ll receive an email confirmation with a UPS tracking number. If you have registered on our website and have an Account you can login and view your order details which includes UPS Tracking information.

NOTE: UPS tracking is not available from our website if you have not registered an Account.

In general, the following applies to delivery times:


UPS Ground – 2 to 7 business days plus 24-72 hours to process the order (excluding weekends)

UPS 3 Day– 2 to 4 business days plus 24-72 hours to process the order (excluding weekends)

UPS 2-Day – 2 to 3 business days plus 24-72 hours to process the order (excluding weekends)

Shipping times will not be guaranteed. All orders require 24-72 hours processing time before shipping. Holmquist Hazelnut Orchards LLC does not process orders during weekends, does not guarantee same day shipping and does not offer International/Canadian shipping options at this time.

A more complete version of our Shipping Policy can be found on our Shipping & Order Tracking page.

No, only registered account users can track their order from our website. You will have to refer to your e-mail order confirmation update that includes UPS tracking. 

Yes. Our products come with a satisfaction guarantee so if you aren’t satisfied with your order for any reason, simply return the hazelnuts in its original packaging with a written explanation why you would like a refund.

At Holmquist Hazelnut Orchards, customer satisfaction is our main priority. If you’re not happy, we’re not happy!

Returns and exchanges of merchandise will be accepted within 15 days of the invoice date. Please note that shipping fees are non-refundable, we will only refund shipping costs if the return is a result of our error.

Yes! Please visit our special offers page for more information.

Probably not. If you think our website is not responding or displaying correctly please contact us and we will investigate the issue and get back to you. Please describe the problem as best you can and include screenshots as these are very helpful. Thank you!

No. We are not taking pre-orders.

Possibly. If you have purchased the item in the past from a farmers’ market or our website and it is not listed on our website then it likely has been discontinued. Do a search for the item you are looking for using our search bar and see if our website gives any answers first. Start your search here.

Rewards Program

Points will expire 365 days after earning them.

Yes, a portion of your points can be used for a purchase. You can also pick how many points you want to use for this, so you will be able to keep your remaining balance.

Log into your account to find your unique referral link. Keep in mind that the link expires in one day so it should be used straight away on social media or via email.

Unfortunately points you’ve earned can not be gifted but you can use the points towards the purchase of hazelnuts to be given as gifts!

Health & “Nut-rition”

Looking to learn more about the health benefits of hazelnuts? Check out our Health & Nutrition page.

No, our hazelnuts are non-GMO. The varieties of hazelnuts that we use were developed using traditional agricultural breeding methods.

Hazelnuts are naturally gluten free and hazelnut flour is an excellent gluten free flour alternative.
Our Orange Honey Hazelnuts and Butter Toffee Hazelnuts are gluten free but keep in mind these two products are not certified gluten free.

All our products are peanut free.

No, we do not offer organic products.

Yes, the below product uses soy derivatives: 

Hazelnuts are high in fiber so they may help you stay regular. One ounce of raw hazelnuts (about 21 nuts) has 2.7 grams of dietary fiber. 

 

Aside from keeping you regular, fiber can also lower cholesterol and help control blood sugar levels.

Only the raw hazelnuts are pasteurized (steam-treated).

Some of our hazelnuts do not have a label for nutritional facts. If it doesn’t, please contact us and we can usually get you a copy.

Proper Use & Storage

When it comes to storing hazelnuts, a good rule of thumb is that the more a nut has been processed (roasted, chopped, sliced, ground), the shorter the shelf life will be. 

If you want to keep your hazelnuts fresh for longer, you can freeze them in airtight containers away from foods with strong odors. They will keep for over a year in the freezer, 1 year in the fridge, and 3-6 months in a pantry. If you do freeze your hazelnuts, bring them back to room temperature and use them immediately.

Roasting raw hazelnuts is the best way to remove their skins and can be done easily in an oven or a skillet. Roasting also helps enhance the natural flavor of the hazelnuts and adds an extra crunch once cooled. 

Oven method: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil and arrange hazelnuts in one single layer. Toast until golden brown and fragrant, about 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Oven method (Lower Temp. & Longer Time but more controlled): To roast kernels, spread whole, raw kernels in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake at 275 degrees F. for 15-20 minutes.
Stove-top method: In a medium skillet over medium heat, toast the hazelnuts until golden brown and fragrant, about 5-10 minutes, stirring the nuts occasionally.

To remove their skins: Place on a clean kitchen towel, cover, and let steam for 1 minute.

Rub off skins: Using the towel, gently rub the hazelnuts to release their skins.

Roasting Tips:

  • Hazelnuts will firm up as they cool so test the flavor and firmness throughout the roasting process to get the hazelnuts to your liking.
  • Going low temperature & slow is best when it comes to hazelnut roasting as the nutsy can scorch quickly! 
  • Spread out the hazelnuts in an even layer for the best results
  • Not every variety will lose their skins entirely during the roasting process

Hazelnut Flour

Hazelnut flour can be used in most recipes that call for flour. If you’re just looking for extra flavor, try replacing 25-30% of the all-purpose flour in a recipe with hazelnut flour.

If you’re gluten-free and are looking for a 100% replacement, you may need to experiment with other ingredients for stabilizing, binding, and thickening. 


Some of our favorite ways to use Hazelnut flour include:

Pancakes

Muffins

Waffles

Cakes

Cupcakes

Bread

Banana Bread

Biscuits

Shortcakes

Cookies

Brownies

Granola

Cinnamon Rolls

Calzones

Crackers

Gnocchi

Donuts

Macaroons

Breading

Torte Bars

Pesto


Be sure to search our Holmquist Hazelnuts recipe pages for delicious Flour recipes for inspiration.

Yes, Holmquist Hazelnut Flour can be stored in the freezer for 12-18 months. It is recommended to allow the hazelnut flour to come back to room temperature prior to using.

It would be grainy and won’t dissolve so it would not be smooth to drink.

Yes, the hazelnuts are partially de-fatted before grinding into Holmquist Hazelnut Flour

Holmquist Hazelnut Flour is produced in a facility that also processes mustard, sesame, tree nuts (only almond, brazil nut, cashew, coconut, hazelnut/filbert, macadamia nut, pecan, pine nut/pinyon/pinon, pistachio or walnut), wheat and triticale. Holmquist Hazelnut Flour is produced in an allergen-controlled environment to ensure there is no cross contamination.

Yes, Holmquist Hazelnut Flour is certified Kosher and approved for Passover.

Wholesale

For more information on wholesale ordering, please visit our wholesale page.

When you log into your wholesale account, you’ll see the prices there.

Yes, you’ll need to login with your wholesale credentials.

Yes. They are different credentials. To access both you will need completely separate accounts (different emails and usernames).

Yes, you do need to be approved to be a wholesaler with us. You can find the application on our wholesale page.

Yes, we’ll let you know either way where your application stands.

Hazelnut Shells

Yes! Please see our hazelnut shells page for more information.

During the Spring and early Summer months.

Yes, to qualified businesses that meet minimum order requirements. Please inquire using the contact us form.

The Farm & Orchards

We ask that our customers find our products at our farmers markets and retail stores.

No, we do not give individual tours.

Please inquire (by reservation/appointment only). Currently we are not giving group tours at this time because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The hazelnuts are harvested in September and October and from there we wash/dry them, clean them, sort them and grade them for market. The “new crop” is typically offered at the beginning of the New Year unless we have some prior crop we still need to sell first.

Holidays

The best time to order is early on to avoid the holiday rush. We recommend ordering by the end of September

It really just depends on if the hazelnut item is available on our website (not temporarily out of stock) and whether UPS can deliver the package on time. 

If you live outside of Washington state and need Dry Roasted and/or Roasted/Sea Salted hazelnuts quickly, we suggest trying to order from our Amazon E-store as Amazon offers expedited shipping and usually has a distribution center closer to you.

Farmers Markets

Yes! You can find a list of the farmers markets we sell at here or view our where to buy search directory.

Yes! As long as the purchase was made within the last couple weeks. Please keep your receipt and bring it with you to the exact market you purchased it from. Explain to the salesperson your experience and the reason for the exchange.

No. Some of our hazelnuts are market and holiday event specials only.

Although we don’t give out bags of hazelnuts to sample, we do offer a few hazelnuts of the different flavors we sell at our farmers markets. This allows you to try 

them for yourself before purchasing. Unfortunately we don’t sample the 

 

chocolate covered ones though. Note: The sampling policy can change when the local authorities don’t allow it (e.g. pandemic restrictions etc.)

Miscellaneous

No, we are not a nursery and do not sell hazelnut trees.

No. We do not sell hazelnut butter.

Please inquire about any current openings with our company using the contact us form.

Yes, you can usually find the 2 lb. Dry Roasted hazelnuts at one of our local farmers markets or online from our Amazon E-store.

Yes, you can buy the Sea Salted hazelnuts from our Amazon E-store.

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