Welcome to Notes on Notes, our regular series explaining what a note is. For our full perspective on notes, read this post. For earlier posts in the series, click here. For an enlightening read on hazelnut, keep reading.
The note: Hazelnut
The Latin name: Corylus avellana
The definition: “The brown nut of a hazel,” according to the ever-helpful Webster. But in short, a very tasty and very fragrant nut.
The fragrance(s): Hanami
The scent profile (per Fragrantica): “Nutty note with balanced aroma between woody and starchy, less bittersweet than almond.”
The translation (per us): A mellow, subtle charmer.
The fun facts:
-Some still call it by its French name, filbert. Some call it a cobnut. Both alternatives are more fun to say than hazelnut, in our humble opinion.
-Hazelnut is the official state nut of Oregon. (More states should have official nuts.)
-Related: Oregon Hazelnuts brings us this hazelnut-related medical advice from first century Greek physician Dioscorides: “It cures chronic coughing if pounded filbert is eaten with honey. Cooked filbert mixed with black pepper cures the cold. If the ointment produced by mashing burnt filbert shells in suet is smeared on the head where hair does not grow due to normal baldness or to some disease, hair will come again.” (Um, don’t go using Hanami as a hair tonic, ok?)
-Hazelnut trees still produce past 80 years of age.
-Nutella is mostly hazelnut, and was invented during World War II as an alternative to chocolate, which was being rationed. Today, 25% of the world’s hazelnut supply is bought by Nutella’s owners, The Ferrero Group (per Quartz).