Why Grow Hazelnuts?
With so few areas of the world contributing to hazelnut production, and demand growing for the crop as its benefits become more widely recognised, growers in BC have an opportunity. It is already known that the Fraser Valley, Okanagan, Gulf Islands, and Vancouver Island regions of BC feature a rare combination of ideal conditions for hazelnut crops to thrive. BCHGA hopes to see even more regions identified as we are currently closely following the progress of crops already planted in other areas.
New varieties of hazelnuts currently being evaluated by BCHGA in variety trials, are showing great promise for disease-resistance and yield. In addition, the BCHGA, with funding from the Abbotsford Community Foundation, is partnering with University of the Fraser Valley to develop value-added processing equipment and promote hazelnuts as a crop in BC.