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Chestnuts are indigenous to Asia, Europe and America. The ancient Greeks were among the first to cultivate them.
Chestnuts are the fruit of a magnificent-looking tree belonging to the same famly as the oak and the beech. The nuts are roundish in shape, drawn up to a point and flattened on one side. The seeds are contained in a prickly case called a burr. In the autumn the burr opens, dropping the chestnuts to the ground.
There are four species of chestnuts; Japanese, Chinese, American and European. The European chestnut is considered the sweetest. Chestnuts should not be confused with Horse Chestnuts or Chinese water chestnuts.

To see how to prepare chestnuts check out this how to video.
Category: Seed
In Season: Autumn
To Buy:
Buy fresh from the greengrocer. Chestnuts are sold in their shells. The shells should be hard and shiny with no signs of mould or rot damage. Select those that feel heavy for their size.
To Store:
Because of their high water content, to prevent dehydration chestnuts should be stored in the crisper section of the fridge or in ventilated plastic bags in the fridge. They will keep up to one month.
Tips & Tricks:
To eat, remove the outer shell and inner skin. The kernel can be eaten raw but are usually cooked. You can find chestnut peelers to remove the shell quickly. One serve is approximately 10 chestnuts.
Cooking Tips:
Chestnuts can be boiled in the shell for 30 minutes before cutting in half to scoop out the flesh. Roast them in the oven or over hot coals. (Shells must be pierced first to prevent them from exploding when they cook).

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Benefits the Following Health Conditions:*

* This information is sourced by a qualified naturopath. It is non prescriptive and not intended as a cure for the condition. Recommended intake is not provided. It is no substitute for the advice and treatment of a professional practitioner.

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