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In this period of early winter in Italy chestnuts are on sale, they are a gastronomic delicacy as an after-lunch fruit. I don't know if the custom is also practiced in the U.S.A. (or other parts of the world) but I propose this video for preparation.


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Hi Attila,

Yes, we've heard of them...

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Chestnuts mostly only appear in song here, as the American Chestnut became functionally extinct due to blight last century.

A group that I often volunteer with have a 20 year long breeding and genetics program, and bringing back the American Chestnut is happening.

If you live on the east coast, from GA to PA, there's a chapter that could use your help. Mostly planting, harvesting nuts or pollen, or finding wild, diseased Chestnuts in your area that can improve genetic diversity of the program

https://acf.org/

Pre 1930, the American Chestnut was THE dominant tree of the east coast. As much as we like oaks, the Chestnut was the provider and grand tree of the forest, and we are diminished without it.
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If I had a nickel for every chestnut, walnut or acorn I found stashed in my garage, under my car hood or in my canoe...


Friggin squirrels!
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We only have horse-chestnuts/conkers, which are inedible, but the imported chestnuts are on sale here, too.
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I just finished watching The Chestnut Man on Netflix . . . creepy. I was in Lisbon once during Christmas time. I remember strolling around while eating roasted chestnuts, in a rolled newspaper cone, while seeing the city decked out for the holidays. What a nice night.
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I just finished watching The Chestnut Man on Netflix . . . creepy. I was in Lisbon once during Christmas time. I remember strolling around while eating roasted chestnuts, in a rolled newspaper cone, while seeing the city decked out for the holidays. What a nice night.
We do the same thing here ...
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In this period of early winter in Italy chestnuts are on sale, they are a gastronomic delicacy as an after-lunch fruit. I don't know if the custom is also practiced in the U.S.A. (or other parts of the world) but I propose this video for preparation.


Attila! I roast them every year - here in the grocery I see imported chestnuts around November. I can't wait!
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watching The Chestnut Man on Netflix
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I was in a Portuguese open market watching an old woman roasting them in a coffee can over charcoal. That image prompted me to pick a chestnut in the US and taste a conker.
One was enough...
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Yep, mostly gone here.

In the first half of the 20th century it killed an estimated four billion trees

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chestnut_blight

It's not just coronaviruses that can spread around the world. In Canada there are people trying to bring it back to it's former glory.

https://brucetrail.org/system/downloads/0000/0537/American_Chestnut_for_Archive.pdf
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I was in a Portuguese open market watching an old woman roasting them in a coffee can over charcoal. That image prompted me to pick a chestnut in the US and taste a conker.
One was enough...
Oh no ... guinea chestnuts or horse chestnut fruits are poisonous.
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Taken during a short holiday to Rome, 5 years ago.
Roasting chestnuts, Rome.
Roasting chestnuts, Rome.
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I've never had one.
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I've never had one.
I didn't buy any, but they did smell good!
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Attila wrote:
Oh no ... guinea chestnuts or horse chestnut fruits are poisonous.
I know that for a fact.
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Taken during a short holiday to Rome, 5 years ago.
Such a great photo! I can almost smell it like I'm right there!
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Such a great photo! I can almost smell it like I'm right there!
... and the chestnut woods overlooking the plain of Fondi ...
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I've eaten many things I didn't like, then had again, but roasted chestnuts and boiled peanuts are a one time only thing for me. Bleh emoticon
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I've never had one.
I've roasted them in the oven a couple of times. I found the roasted nuts a bit oily, like a Brazil Nut.
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I've never had one.
Me neither.
Roasted kangaroo nuts, maybe.
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I've never had one.
Guzzi Gal, Trader Joe's sells them in November. You just slice one side open*, put them in a pot of cold water on the stove and bring that to a boil, remove them right away and bake in the oven for 20 minutes.

*If you don't slice them they can explode.
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