Hazelnut Trees & Allergies

22 Mar

Those of you that have allergies in Oregon know that they can hit almost year round. And for many of you that means stuffy noses and itchy eyes in January or February! So what the heck is polleninating that time of year in Oregon….hazelnut trees!!

Hazelnut trees have catkins that hold all their pollen. As they start to mature the catkins begin to elongate and open up. When we get a little sunshine here during the winter they release pollen like crazy! I’m talking clouds and clouds if you drive by an orchard at the right time of day!

But we also help alleviate those pesky allergies, we collect the catkins and then extract the pollen for allergy tests and medicines. Pretty awesome!!

A little random farming information for today!!

Also happy birthday to this little farmer! Mildred Clara is 2 today!!

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