After enjoying some chocolate with hazelnuts embedded in it last night, selecting today’s photograph of hazel seemed an obvious choice. Jacki mentions that Oregonians will sometimes call these filberts, though that term applies to the related Corylus maxima elsewhere (note that the Wikipedia entry does make mention of the Oregon idiosyncrasy).
Hazelnut production in North America is concentrated in Oregon, Washington and British Columbia (with Oregon leading the way). Global production (PDF), however, is led by Turkey, with a 74% share, followed by Italy with a 15% share (2002 figures).
Lastly, a note for locals: the UBC Apple Festival is taking place this weekend. In previous years, I promoted the event with a photograph, but I’ve simply been too busy. Fortunately, Andy Hill has put together a set of images on the garden weblog giving you a taste of the event: 17th Annual Apple Festival.