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Definition: A filbert is a type of tree nut similar to hazelnuts. In practice, the word filbert is sometimes used interchangeably with the word hazelnut, although technically they each grow on two different (though closely related) species of trees. Furthermore, some types of hazelnuts are actually hybrids of hazelnuts and filberts.

In the culinary arts, filberts are used in desserts and baking, in candy, for making liqueurs or for flavoring coffee and other beverages. Filberts are also used in savory dishes, and they pair well with lamb, for instance.

Like hazelnuts, filberts can be used raw or roasted. Filberts have a hard outer shell, and the nuts themselves have a bitter outer skin which can be removed by blanching the nut.
Also Known As:
  • Hazelnut
  • Cob nut
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