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Hybrid hazels save the day

Hybrid hazelnutsMany of you have probably heard of the breeding experiments currently underway to cross American Chestnuts with Chinese Chestnuts and hopefully develop a hybrid that can be reintroduced to the woods without succumbing to the chestnut blight.  Scientists are taking a page out of the chestnut project book by crossing American, Beaked, and European Hazelnuts, hoping to develop a hazel variety resistant to the Eastern Filbert Blight but capable of producing high quality nuts.

Efforts have been underway for twenty years, and the hybrid hazelnuts are finally beginning to bear fruit.  According to Badgersett Research Farm and the Arbor Day Foundation, the results are delicious!  Good quality nuts, thin shells, and disease resistance --- just what I was looking for.

This post is part of our Hybrid Hazelnut lunchtime series.  Read all of the entries:

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