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Where to buy hazelnuts in the South Bay?

Agent 510 Oct 14, 2010 07:43 PM

I can't believe these are so hard to find, but I visited 2 Safeways, 2 Whole Foods and my local Trader Joe's and came up empty.

Any idea where to find either whole or chopped hazelnuts in the South Bay? (ideally Sunnyvale-Santa Clara-north San Jose)

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    mmmkimchi Oct 24, 2010 10:13 AM

    I bought a bag yesterday at Milk Pail in Mountain View, which is a little further in. $5 for a small bag. But the're like TJ's; sometimes they have them and sometimes they don't.

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      maigre Oct 19, 2010 09:48 PM

      The Los Altos Whole Foods has them. It's further afield, but The Country Sun on California Ave. in PA probably has them, too.

      1. SunsetKid Oct 19, 2010 05:42 PM

        As much as I like Trader Joe's, I would not recommend their hazelnuts. They are tiny and there are too many rancid nuts. I don't believe these nits (a.k.a. "filberts") are grown locally. I have seen good looking large nuts at Other Avenues on Judah.

        1. 512window Oct 18, 2010 04:11 PM

          Whole Foods or Sprouts would be places to try. Olsen's might have them also.

          Go south to Cosentino's on Bascom to be sure.

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          1. re: 512window
            Claudette Oct 22, 2010 10:08 AM

            As of yesterday, Olson's did not have them.

          2. openhelix Oct 18, 2010 01:54 PM

            I've had no problem finding them at Whole Foods cupertino. Strangely enough they hide them near the cheese counter!

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              jsaimd Oct 14, 2010 08:49 PM

              Sigona's in Palo Alto has them. Usually Trader joes has it, but they can be off and on there.

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              1. re: jsaimd
                MsMaryMc Oct 16, 2010 12:48 PM

                I've gotten them at Trader Joe's, but they aren't as good as the ones I've gotten from Holmquist Hazelnut Orchards. Theirs are much fresher, easier to remove the skins, and they taste fantastic! They're worth the trouble to mailorder--I can't go back!

                Holmquist Hazelnut Orchards

                1. re: jsaimd
                  Cicely Oct 21, 2010 12:19 AM

                  I just asked about them at TJs, and was told it's a seasonal item - will probably arrive in time for holiday baking season.

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