With its organoleptic and nutritional properties, this tiny yet delicious kernel of flavour and health is the queen of dry fruits. The Nocciola del Piemonte or Nocciola Piemonte - Indicazione Geografica Protetta (IProtected Geographical Indication ) hazelnut label is reserved for the native Tonda Gentile Trilobata variety of hazelnuts, a fruit that is particularly appreciated by the confectionery industry, which accounts for most of the harvest. The shape of this gift of nature tends to be oblong or ovoid, but each one is in fact unique and even the size varies greatly from one to the other. With an average thickness, the husk has a quite intense, mostly opaque hazelnut colour with very little shine, a dense tomentose on the apex and numerous but barely visible lines. The fruit detaches easily during toasting. With a compact and crunchy texture, the nut has a delicate and persistent aroma and flavour. The fruit is principally cultivated in the Province of Cuneo, Asti and Alessandria, on the Langhe, Roero and Monferrato hills.