Global Food

Commercialization of Minnesota-grown Hazelnuts: Investigating Quality and Incentives to Grow and Purchase American and Hybrid Hazelnuts

The objective of this project is to identify and address barriers to expanding Minnesota's hazelnut industry. Hazelnuts are a healthy, local food and offer new economic opportunities for the food industry and farmers, while providing continuous living landscape cover that protects Minnesota's soil and water resources. This project will help growers better manage harvests by identifying flavor and chemical constituents and protocols to maintain best quality. It will also support consumer preference testing under different roasting and processing conditions. Lastly, it will assist industry expansion by identifying and charting key steps needed to expand supply and increase profitability.
Principal investigator: Donald Wyse, CFANS