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fountouki

φουντούκι

Hazelnuts. Grown in Greece since ancient times. Evia, the Peloponnese, the northern Epirus, Thessaly and Macedonia, are the major producers, although they don't often appear in traditional recipes.

Curiously, their alternative English name, filbert, comes from 'Phyllis' although Greeks associate her with almonds.

Text © Dana Facaros

Image by Fabrizio Monte