3 things you may not know about chestnuts
- They're the only nuts that contain vitamin C, and are also low in both fat and calories.
- They're often thought of as a vegetable, because they have little oil and a high amount of starch.
- The trees in Canada are monitored by the Canadian Chestnut Council, since the blight of 1904 killed off almost all our native groves.
2 places to appeal to the chestnut nut
- The south of Spain, where Chestnut Day is celebrated in towns like Ronda, Nerja, Malaga and Cartajima with fresh chestnuts and anise liquor.
- Corsica, where the chestnut tree is venerated. Take the Chestnut Week tour and sample chestnut polenta, beer and ice cream, while visiting producers and farmers of chestnut products throughout the region.
3 ways to try chestnuts right now
- Soak them in red wine before roasting them, like they do in Modena, Italy.
- Mash cooked chestnuts like potatoes and serve them with holiday turkey.
- Use organic chestnut flour to make early bird chestnut pancakes.
2 types of chestnuts to keep on hand
- Marron glacé, the French candied chestnut delicacy that involves 16 different cooking processes; serve it at Christmas and New Year's.
- Liqueur de Châtaigne de l'Ardèche, a specialty chestnut liqueur of southern France that's hard to find, but worth the hunt.
1 chestnut accessory to keep by the fire
- A chestnut pan, such as De Buyer's Chestnut Pan, or an antique chestnut shovel. Indulge in fresh roasted chestnuts as the snow drifts down on a winter's day.