roasted shelled hazelnuts
Cooperativa Agricola Rurale Isola di Borgonovo

roasted shelled hazelnuts

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The project

Adopt a hazelnut tree from the farm "Cooperativa Agricola Rurale Isola di Borgonovo" in Mezzanego (Italy) and receive your roasted shelled hazelnuts at home. Nadia will take care of your adoption and take its picture. You will also be able to download the adoption certificate, and if you wish, plan your visit to the farm. You do not enter into any long-term commitment: although your adoption will be renewed automatically, you will always be informed in advance and may decide to cancel your adoption at any time as long as the preparation has not yet begun.

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What do you adopt?

You adopt a hazelnut tree from our farm in Mezzanego (Italy). When placing the adoption you can choose a name which we will use to identify your hazelnut tree. The common hazelnut (*Corylus avellana*) is a shrub of the birch family (Betulacea), native to Europe and Asia Minor. Hazelnut cultivation in rural areas of Liguria dates back to the 15th century and is an important economic resource for our area. Until the beginning of the 1980s, there were about 380 hectares of hazelnut groves cultivated in the municipality of Mezzanego and neighbouring municipalities. Unfortunately, for various reasons, there was a massive abandonment of hazelnut cultivation in the following years, with worrying consequences in terms of hydrogeological instability. The hazelnut is a busy and prolific pollen-bearing tree, luxuriant and rapidly developing, with an expanded crown and a smooth brown-greyish bark. It has a very extensive and bundled root system that can reach more than one meter in depth, which helps to prevent landslides. Landslides are now very common in our area, attesting to the importance of the hazelnut tree in maintaining our terraces. In 2016, our interest in the area led us to dedicate part of our work to the recovery of hazelnut groves, these ancient crops that characterise this landscape, so much so that the landscape is a candidate for the National Register of Historic Rural Landscapes. Now we can say that thanks to the collaboration of the Genoa Chamber of Commerce and some municipalities, and the essential support of various local growers and food production companies owned by individuals - such as Piero Barbieri who is a true ambassador of the local hazelnut - it has been possible to register the collective trademark “Misto Chiavari” to protect our hazelnuts. There are eight varieties, each with unique characteristics and somewhat curious dialectal names: Bocca Cioxa, Mennoia, Tapparona, Cioxetta, Balunna, Trietta, Dall'orto and Del rosso. What makes our hazelnuts special is the excellent organoleptic quality due, above all, to this mix of indigenous varieties. The hand-picked hazelnut harvest takes place between the end of August and the beginning of September, and this is a task shared with others in a joyful way. After the drying phase, which is done naturally on terraces or wooden floors, the shelling begins. This is carried out with ancient tools from a small local company. Among the opportunities to discover the “Misto Chiavari” hazelnuts is Hazelnut Day, the local holiday involving all of our municipalities at the beginning of December. Your adoption is 50 years old and its maximum lifespan is 60 years. For as long as you want to keep your adoption, and we can continue taking care of it, you can renew year after year. If your adoption stops producing for any reason, we will replace it with another, and guarantee you the delivery from the production of other units. Your adoption produces an average of 3kg of hazelnuts each season. With this amount we can produce around 1kg of roasted shelled hazelnuts.

What will you receive?

Each season we will send you a box with: 2 x __Roasted Hazelnuts __(500 gram each, vacuum-packed) The hazelnuts are supplied by the Cooperative member, and are toasted directly by Piero Barbieri. Toasted hazelnuts have a bitter-sweet taste and are suitable for the preparation of sauces or as a tasty breading for the preparation of seafood or meat. The products should be stored in a cool, dry place at room temperature, and not above 30°C.

When will you receive it?

The hand-picked hazelnut harvest takes place between the end of August and the beginning of September, and this is a task shared and enjoyed with others. After the drying phase, which is done naturally on terraces or wooden floors, the shelling begins. We will then ship the final product in December.

Why should you adopt?
Know who, how and where your food is produced. Source your food in a conscious, direct and consistent manner.
Buying without intermediaries allows the producer to obtain better prices. This helps generate better jobs and social standards in rural areas.
When you adopt something, you allow the producer to ensure the sale at a fixed price and to produce on demand. This also avoids wasting food that is grown without being sold.
It supports producers who strive for environmentally friendly packaging and cultivation practices.
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