Hazelnuts accompany human culture since at least the end of the last great Ice Age. During a warmer period of the Neolithic (7700-5700 BC) hazels in Europe were so widespread that this time is also referred to as „hazel-period“.
The plant has always been linked closely with food, traditions and folklore and was once considered an important symbol of fertility. In some alpine regions a belief was widespread that after a particularly rich hazelnut harvest many illegitimate children would be born ...
By the way: Hazelnuts harvested in our region should be gathered by shaking the bush since individually picked nuts would shrivel a lot more and are not very well suited for longer storage.