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Piedmont, Italy  

The recently declared UNESCO World Heritage site of Piedmont is home to one of Europe’s most prized nut – the hazelnut. The Piedmontese variety, the Alba, is a small, dense fruit with vivid striations. It is world-famous for its toasted aroma and rich flavour. In order to limit and protect cultivation of this rare and unique crop, no more than 500 trees can be grown per hectare and the nuts must naturally fall to the ground before harvesting. Our producer is a small family run business that has expanded to be one of the finest hazelnut farmers in the region but has never lost sight of traditional methods of growing and processing his crop. The hazelnuts are shelled and roasted on-site within a matter of hours from being picked, which ensures they retain their distinctly sweet flavour.

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