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New Product! Avellana Fiesta No-Bean Mix

IMG_4805Avellana handcrafted Fiesta No-Bean Mix has many different possibilities for spicing up your meals. It can be used as: a dip for chips or crackers, a delicious sandwich spread, in place of refried beans in tacos or enchiladas and as a base for soups. Because it’s a dry mix, Avellana Fiesta No-Bean Mix is perfect for camping and back-packing, tiny houses, traveling, lunches, potlucks or a quick snack. Low in carbohydrates, high in protein and fiber, this hazelnut dip is healthy, affordable and convenient as well as delicious.

You can find our No-Bean Mix here at

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It is also available at Vegan Haven in Seattle and more stores soon to come!

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Fair Trade is Cruelty Free

One reason that sourcing local products as ingredients for our cheese is so important to us at Avellana is because we believe in fair compensation for work done in fair conditions. When a product is produced in far away countries with minimal laws protecting workers, it is easy for human rights to fall through the cracks. Buying local is often more expensive, mostly because the labor involved in making the product has not been artificially reduced at the cost of quality of life for the the laborer.

Human beings are a members of the animal kingdom and as vegans, we at Avellana support the rights of animals. All living beings deserve to live their lives free from suffering and exploitation. Buying local or fair trade certified products can help ensure these rights are being honored.

We purchase hazelnuts directly from Meridian Hazelnut Orchard in Aurora, Oregon. We’ve visited the orchard and met the family that grows all the hazelnuts we use.

Mary Claire and David, owners of Meridian Hazelnut Orchard in Aurora, Oregon.

We purchase most of our spices from Mountain Rose Herbs, a company that takes great pride in their trade policies. They are certified by the Institute for Marketecology’s Fair for Life program, a program that goes deeper than traditional fair trade programs by requiring and tracking ethical practices from the starting point of the product all the way to the finished salable item. From their website:

WHAT IS GOOD TRADE?

  • Fair Price: Democratically organized farmer groups receive a guaranteed minimum floor price and an additional premium for certified organic products. Farmer organizations are also eligible for pre-harvest credit.
  • Fair Labor Conditions: Workers on Fair Trade farms enjoy freedom of association, safe working conditions, and living wages. Forced child labor is strictly prohibited.
  • Direct Trade: With Fair Trade, importers purchase from Fair Trade producer groups as directly as possible, eliminating unnecessary middlemen and empowering farmers to develop the business capacity necessary to compete in the global marketplace.
  • Democratic and Transparent Organizations: Fair Trade farmers and farm workers decide democratically how to invest Fair Trade revenues.
  • Community Development: Fair Trade farmers and farm workers invest Fair Trade premiums in social and business development projects like scholarship programs, quality improvement training, and organic certification.
  • Environmental Sustainability: Harmful agrochemicals and GMOs are strictly prohibited in favor of environmentally sustainable farming methods that protect farmers’ health and preserve valuable ecosystems for future generations.

At Avellana, we believe in treating the inhabitants of our world with kindness and compassion and we strive to ensure that our products reflect that belief.

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Nuts are not the enemy!

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Even though we don’t do much with almonds here at Avellana, we really do love all nuts and seeds almost equally. As the threat and reality of drought comes clearer to us on the west coast, I’m hearing more and more talk about how much water it takes to produce almonds. This has definitely left me scratching my head at the twists and turns the human mind will take in order to avoid looking at the white elephant sitting in the cheese drawer of the fridge.

If it takes 1.1 gallons of water to produce one almond and there are around 100 almonds in a pound, it stands to reason that one pound of almonds uses 110 gallons of water during it’s production. In comparison, it takes 1,817 gallons of water to produce one pound of beef. It takes 700 gallons of water to produce one pound of cheese.

Dairy products contribute the single largest share of farm income [in California’s economy.] (from Wikipedia)

Meat and dairy production have a far greater negative impact on drought stricken California. Why are almonds taking the blame? Do away with almonds and you’ll still have the problem. We fear our beloved hazelnuts will be next! Not really, but the hard truth is that animal agriculture ravages the environment. The time for cognitive dissonance has passed. It’s time for a new renaissance in our food choices! We can make fully informed decisions on what we buy and how it affects our Earth.

Rock on nuts and seeds!

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Avellana Products now Available Online at VeganEssentials.com!

We are so very excited to be able to announce the news that all Avellana products are now available to order through the fine folks at Vegan Essentials, one of the most comprehensive online all vegan shops. Now everyone can get every flavor of Avellana Signature Cheese, Avellana Parmesan and Avellana OG Hazelnut Flour delivered right to their door!

Click here to find all our signature cheese flavors at Vegan Essentials!

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Click here to find our Vegan Parmesan at Vegan Essentials!

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Avellana’s Products – Vegan and Gluten Free!

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Smoked Paprika: This is one of our bestselling cheeses. If you like mild and smoky umami, this cheese is for you. The Paprika peppers are roasted and smoked, then ground into a rich and deep red powder. This smoky spice blends well with hazelnut and hemp cream, adding another layer of complexity to the already smooth and nutty cheese.

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Italian Herb: Another best seller, our Italian herb is a piquant, earthy spice blend (organic Basil, organic Oregano, and organic Rosemary) is a perfect partner for our savory cheese, creating a creamy and satisfying herbed experience.

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Berbere:

Twelve different spices (Organic Paprika, Sea Salt, Organic Cayenne, Organic Fenugreek, Organic Coriander, Organic Cumin, Organic Black Pepper, Organic Cardamom, Organic Cinnamon, Organic Clove, Organic Ginger, Organic Turmeric) are combined to produce Berbere, a spice blend that has its origins in Ethiopia. This wonderfully bold, spice blend adds a complex and zesty heat to our creamy hemp hazelnut cheese.

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Curry: Colorful, fragrant and incredibly rich, this beautiful and creamy cheese invokes the exotic flavors of India. The spice mix contains organic Coriander, organic Turmeric, organic Fenugreek, organic Ginger, organic Mustard Seed, organic Black Pepper and organic Cayenne.

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Pesto: Made with organic basil, garlic and lemon pepper. The flavors mix together to create a warm and fragrant cheese that will practically transport you to a European pub in the 1800’s. Avellana Hazelnut Pesto Cheese pairs perfectly with a glass of wine, ale, or strong hot tea.

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Currant: The currant may be small, but it’s flavor is mighty and it blends with hazelnut hemp cream like a dream. It’s a little bit tart and a little bit sweet and a whole lot divine…try it on crackers or toast with fresh fruit for a truly sublime experience.

Avellana Hazelnut Parmesan

Avellana Hazelnut Parmesan: Handcrafted from organic Oregon hazelnuts, this parmesan alternative has a deliciously addictive nutty, cultured flavor that’s perfect with soups, salads and pasta.

100% Organic Hazelnut Flour

Avellana Organic Hazelnut Flour: Hazelnut flour is low in carbohydrates, high in protein and is a fantastic source of fiber. Sweet with a mildy nutty taste, it’s the perfect addition to pie crusts, cookies, breads and cakes. Simply substitute 1/3 of the called for flour in a recipe with Avellana for delicious and nutritious results.

All of our products are created and packaged in a dedicated gluten free facility.