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Quick Facts

  • Miraculous Preference
  • Miracle Of Flavor
  • Miraculous Export Intensity
  • Miraculous Numbers
  • Miracle Production
  • Miracle for Health

Miraculous Turkish Flavor

The hazelnut, “fındık” in Turkish, is the perfect nourishing snack and an ideal ingredient for chocolate and confectionery.

 Hazelnuts are rich in nutrients and have a high content of protein, fats, vitamins, minerals, and fiber. With 65-70% of the global production, Türkiye is the world’s leading hazelnut producer and exports to more than 150 countries.The history of hazelnut production in Türkiye can be traced back over 2,300 years to the Black Sea coast. The region’s unique climate provides the necessary setting for delicious hazelnuts. More than just a nutrient nut, the hazelnut has an important role in Turkish lifestyle and is mentioned in literature, folklore, and in the field of medicine. The region’s lush green hills overflow with hazelnuts, in anticipation of the harvest in the late summer. Once collected, hazelnuts are pre-dried under the sun until their leaves turn brown. They are then separated from their leaves and laid over canopies to be dried once again under the sun. This natural drying is an important factor in the quality and taste of the Turkish hazelnut. Türkiye’s hazelnut exports come in different forms, such as shelled, roasted, chopped, natural, in the shell, blanched, sliced, and as a hazelnut paste. Hazelnuts from Türkiye are classified between two categories based on crop location, skin separation and fat content. 1-Giresun Quality: Grown in Giresun and part of Trabzon provinces. These are the hazelnuts that have the highest level of skin separation and quality among the types in the world. 2-Levant Quality: This is the common name given to all hazelnuts that are grown in regions other than the region of Giresun quality hazelnut. These hazelnuts have a lower level of fat than the Giresun quality hazelnuts but a higher level of fat than those grown in the other countries and a better taste.”

Miraculous Uses In Industry

Besides being consumed as snack both in Turkey and in the world, about 90% of hazelnuts are used in the form of roasted, blanched, chopped, sliced, meal and paste as a side-ingredient in chocolate, biscuit, confectionary industry, in making sweets, pastries and ice-cream and in meals and salads.

Nuts, which have been known to mankind for about 5000 years, provide flexible usage to humanity in many places, ranging from being used as fruit to wood. Additionally, hazelnut wood baskets, canes, chairs, fences, and hand tools are used in construction.


Turkish hazelnuts have received a vote of confidence by the world's largest food manufacturers. The most famous chocolate and confectionery brands prefer Turkish hazelnuts and their quality.

It is not uncommon to see hazelnuts as a key ingredient in some of the most loved and tasty foods in the world. With the unparalleled quality of Turkish hazelnuts, these delights are primed for optimal enjoyment.

The largest export markets for Turkish hazelnuts are Germany, Italy, China, France, Switzerland, and Canada.

Türkiye undertakes 65-70% of the global hazelnut production, and 80% of global hazelnut exports. The efforts of Türkiye’s hazelnut industry cause these shares to grow every year.

In the last 5 years, Türkiye produced an average of 660 thousand tons of inshell hazelnut and exported 275 thousand tons of hazelnut kernels.

Hazelnuts offer a fantastic array of nutrients to support everyday wellness and disease prevention. As a snack nut they are nutrient-dense and provide protein. The increased health awareness of consumers opens doors for the food industry to offer indulgences with added functional benefits.