The farmhouse San Martino owns 3 hectares of land that are devoted to the cultivation of the “Nocciola Piemonte”, an excellent local hazelnut variety that is strong against adversity and generous in producing fruits which present all the organoleptic qualities required by the hazelnut processing industry:
- the round shape of the fruit allows a quick mechanical shelling, keeping the seed intact
- the shell is thin and the yield of the shelled product is high, between 46 and 50%
- the seed has a good aroma and a delicate taste
- the content of fat of the fruit is low, so it can be well preserved without problems of rancidity
The “Nocciola Piemonte”is grown between 150 and 750 m of altitude and because of its adaptability is widely cultivated in Emilia Romagna and Tuscany as well, with great results. In a clever and specialized plantation its yield can reach or even exceed 2.5 tons per hectare. Thanks to its good yield and above all to its organoleptic qualities, the “Nocciola Piemonte” is considered the best hazelnut variety in the world.