The IGP Piedmont Hazelnuts

For the production of a limited edition, the Torronificio Scaldaferro has selected the production of hazelnuts from the Langhe trefoil, coupled with a rare rosemary honey.

The core, widespread in all temperate regions of the northern hemisphere, was one of the first fruit cultivated by man and used for its important source of energy by nomadic.

The hazelnut is particularly rich in lipids in addition to a significant content of essential amino acids and vitamin E with a caloric intake of 700 kcal per 100g of dried hazelnuts.

In particular, the lipid fraction consists for more than 40% of monounsaturated fatty acids (such as oleic acid) and presents the highest ratio of monounsaturated / polyunsaturated respect to each other dried fruit. Recent studies seem to demonstrate the positive effects of regular consumption of nuts on human health. And indeed confirmed that a diet rich in oleic acid (the same fatty acid present in extra virgin olive oil) is used to maintain the so-called “bad cholesterol” in the blood at low levels, and raising levels of “good cholesterol “, an important defense of vascular pathologies.

Furthermore, for the high content of tocopherols, including vitamin E, the hazelnut provides a considerable contribution to antioxidant agents slowing down the aging of tissues.

In particoular the Piedmont Hazelnut distinguishes itself from other varieties Italian and foreign for the high oil content (about 70%). Currently, the province of Cuneo in Piedmont (concentrated mainly in the Langhe) provides almost 85% of Piedmont.

The ‘”Protected Geographical Indication (IGP)“ has been recognized by Ministerial Decree 2 December 1993 the name “Piedmont hazelnut”, reserved for the cultivar “Tonda Gentile Trefoil” grown in the territory suitable for the Piedmont region, considering “… the quality special and valuable … “.

Today the production of Piedmont, with its aptitude for industrial processing, which makes it very interesting from the economic point of view, is close to 150,000 tons, accounting for about 8/9% of the national average.