The delicious, healthy hazelnut

February 11, 2015 11:00 AM

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The delicious, healthy hazelnut

An unusual find in Scotland in 1995 gave insight into the role that nuts, specifically hazelnuts, have played in earlier civilizations.

On the island of Colonsay of Scotland’s Inner Hebrides, a midden pit, sometimes also known as a shell heap, was found. In it were tons of roasted, split hazelnut shells, pointing to a staple role that the nuts played in the diet of stone-age people more than 9,000 years ago. Similar smaller pits hav...

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