Hazelnuts and Almonds

The confectioner's delight!

Halzenuts

Hazelnuts are traditionally grown on the island's eastern coast, mainly in the Ampugnanu, Casinca and Costa Verde areas. This geographical region falls within the" Noisette de Cervioni " IGP protected geographical category. No phytosanitary treatments or chemical fertilisers are used to grow them.

The "Noisette of Cervioni" is in not sharp or bitter at all. It has a simple, clean flavour. There is also a faint woodiness to its taste. These hazelnuts are aromatic and red in colour, with a strong raw sweetness. The dried almonds have a strong savoury flavour, rather akin to charred toast.

The Noisette de Cervioni is eaten like dried fruit as an aperitif or dessert. It is also used in the production of a wide range of products: cream, cooking oil, cosmetics, flour, chocolate and nougat... And lastly, it has been used to make the Fair Trade chocolate spread, "Nuciola " containing slivers of hazelnuts, and also Salinu, a condiment made from ground hazelnuts and organic salt.

Almonds

Almonds are grown in very large traditional orchards in the Balagne region, as well as in modern orchards, which are mainly situated on the east coast and in the Nebbiu region.  In early March, when the almond trees are in bloom, the whole regional landscape is swathed in a delicate shade of pink.

Corsica was the first region in France to produce almonds. Corsican producers fiercely uphold the quality of the almond varieties that grow on their soil, which have more taste than those in the rest of France and that are responsibly grown. A Red Label is in the process of being developed in order to guarantee the superior quality of this produce.

Almonds are used more widely in pastries and confectionery than as an everyday food stuff - fresh or dry. They are used to make canistrelli biscuits; nougat; calisson confiseries; sugared almonds; toasted, salted or sweetened almonds; powdered almonds and marzipan.



List of producers

Nebbiu - Capi Corsu

Jean-Laurent MASSARI

Gaec e Belle Bone

  06.20.33.12.14 /06.75.35.60.23 |   mariapetra2b@gmail.com |   www.belle-bone.fr

Casinca - Castagniccia - Costa Verde

Jean-Paul MANCEL

PGI clementines – PGI Halzenuts - Holiday-cottage rentals

  06 10 07 76 90 |   info@gites-corsica.com

Laurina SERRA

L'atelier de la noisette

Hazelnut confectionery and condiments

  04 95 38 02 41 |   atelier.la.noisette@orange.fr |   www.atelierdelanoisette.com

Corsica Livantina

Anne AMALRIC

Domaine Marquiliani

PDO olive oil – Certified organic almonds – PDO Corsica wines. - Rural holiday cottage

  06 25 72 65 62 |   marquilianne@wanadoo.fr |   www.oliudicorsica.fr

Raphaëlle PEIGNIER ASTIMA

Le Verger de Raphaëlle

IGP Hazelnuts and confectionery – Hazelnut oil and flour – PDO olive oil – Fig jam – Tea at the farm.

  06 71 89 40 70 |   verger-de-raphaelle@orange.fr |   www.le-verger-de-raphaelle.fr

Centru di Corsica

Charles AGOSTINI

  06.77.80.97.64 |   biscuiterie.agostini@orange.fr

Balagna

Jean-Pascal FONDACCI DE PAOLI

Amandule Nustrale

– Shelled almonds (roasted and salted)

  06.14.82.11.76 |   jpfondacci@sfr.fr

Rose HUBERT

Pietra Macchja

PDO Olive Oil – Organic Almonds Farmyard Campsite – Guest Cottages

  04.95.61.50.23 |   roselyne.hubert0436@orange.fr