Spotlight Series on Hazelnuts
BC students can learn about BC hazelnuts from farm to table with the new BCAITC Spotlight Series on Hazelnuts. Take a Bite of BC, Culinary Arts, and Home Economics classrooms, homeschools, and anyone interested in food and farming can use the Spotlight Series on Hazelnuts tools to learn about the amazing BC hazelnut industry.
Spotlight on Hazelnuts
The toolkit includes:
- Video: Students can learn about hazelnut farming in a 13-minute educational video featuring the passionate team at Van Maren Farms. The video was a collaboration of BCAITC, BC Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Fisheries in conjunction with the BC Hazelnut Growers Association.
- Activity: The curriculum-linked Choose Your Own Adventure Hazelnut Farming Activity and lesson plan teach students more about the hazelnut story.
- Recipes: Students can practise their culinary skills while making recipes with hazelnuts created by BCAITC’s Chef Trevor Randle such as Honey Mustard Chicken with Goat Cheese, Prosciutto Ham, and Balsamic Jus Served with BC Hazelnut and Basil Pesto or Chocolate Pudding with BC Honey and Candied Hazelnuts.
- Grow BC: Students can explore
Pat Tonn, BCAITC’s Executive Director, said, “We’re proud to showcase BC’s hazelnut industry by providing education on this BC commodity. Only a few years ago BC’s hazelnut industry was in peril due to the Eastern Filbert Blight disease. Now, replanted BC farms are bounding back and helping to meet the growing worldwide demand for hazelnuts.” Tonn continued, “With our newest Spotlight Series, students can learn all about growing, working, and cooking with hazelnuts.”
Chef Trevor Randle said, “I’m looking forward to incorporating hazelnuts into the Culinary Arts class recipes this fall. Students will learn about how to use this flavourful, nutrient-rich, BC grown nut in a variety of dishes.”