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Oct 14, 2010 07:43 PM

Where to buy hazelnuts in the South Bay?

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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  1. 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

      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

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

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

        1. 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

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

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