We moved to our new location near Corvallis, Oregon in the year 2000. This property is 225-acres which gave us open ground to plant new hazelnut varieties. In 2002 we planted two main kernel varietals: Lewis & Clark. We now have enough of a crop to produce our products (for more see Our Story link above).
Lewis has a higher oil content which makes the dry roasted and butter creamy, smooth and aromatic. Clark has excellent taste, texture, blanches very well, is smaller and more uniform in size making it an excellent choice for salted, seasoned and chocolate covered nuts. We do have a limited amount of the Italian varietal named Tonda Di Giffoni which is available just prior to the Christmas holiday.
New Varietal Nursery Program
At Hazelnut Hill we have a private research micropropagation lab where we initiate, multiply and acclimatize hazelnuts. We're participating with the Oregon State University Hazelnut Breeding Program in making new varietals more quickly available to Oregon growers. Our focus is on the new kernel varieties drawing from our background in value-added products determining which varieties, in our opinion, offer the greatest future market potential. This is an exciting frontier in which to work! Using our 360 degree hazelnut view to direct our choices of which new varietals to recommend, as well as plant in our orchard. We presently offer a limited number of backyard trees, in the future we hope to expand our nursery operation to provide large ready-to-plant hazelnut trees of new promising varieties. Dorris liners will be available in 2013. Over time other kernel varieties as they are released by Oregon State University. Check out Rob's Hazelnut Blog