Beans and Nuts / Fréjol y Frutos Secos
Beans are a small portion of the crops grown in the Willamette Valley, but provide nutritional value as both proteins and vegetables1. There is a movement to initiate more bean production, originating in the southern Willamette Valley2. Beans, such as black, red, garbanzo, lentil, soy, Anasazi and pinto, are being put into production to provide the valley with local sources3.

Oregon produces all of the commercial hazelnuts cultivated in the United States, with a majority produced in the Willamette Valley4. Oregon is one of the largest growers of hazelnuts in the world; Turkey and Europe cultivate the most5,6. A Hazelnut Council has been created to meet the increasing global demand for the nuts7.

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1. United States Department of Agriculture (2008) Inside the Pyramid- dry beans and peas in the food guide. Available at (accessed July 2009).
2. MacCormack, H. (no date) The Southern Willamette Valley Bean and Grain Project, Project Design Principles. Available at (accessed July 2009).
3. Jackson, E. (2009) The Bean Man. Available at July 2009).
4. Oregon Department of Agriculture (2009) Oregon Agriculture; Facts and Figures. Available at (accessed June 2009).
5. Merlo, C. (2006) Southern Exposure, Hazelnut Growers of Oregon sourcing product & new members in South America, Rural Cooperative, pp. 16- 29.
6. Oregon Hazelnut Marketing Board (2006) Oregon Hazelnuts. Available at (accessed July 2009).
7. The Hazelnut Council (2008) The Hazelnut Council. Available at (accessed July 2009).

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