The University Gardens
Historical plants of Bergen

Corylus avellana (hazel)

A tree for everything from food to herring barrels.

Corylus avellana
Bjørn Moe, UiB

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Burnt hazelnut shells are commonly found during archaeological excavations. Remains have been found on settlements dating back to the Stone Age, e.g. at Søreide and in Dolvik. Large quantities have also been found in Middle Age remains at Bryggen.

Nuts were harvested for sale in all the western counties until World War II. Many were brought to Bergen particularly from Eikesdalen in Romsdal, Voss and Ulvik. Large numbers of hoops for barrel production have also been delivered from hazel forests in Western Norway.

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