What Are Chestnuts.
Chestnuts, (not to be confused with conkers which are poisonous) are one of the most versatile of natures gifts. They can be made into bread, beer, or eaten as they are. Indeed in some remote parts of Europe it is said that a village can never starve if it has a crop of chestnuts.
They differ from most other nuts in that they have very little protein or fat. Their calories are derived chiefly from carbohydrates. Contain much lower calories than walnuts, almonds or other nuts. They contain very little fat, mostly unsaturated and no gluten. They are the only nuts that contain vitamin C.
Roman legions would plant chestnut trees on long campaigns to help feed them. Legionnaires were given chestnut porridge before going into battle. In Asia Minor in 401BC a Greek army was said to have survived a long retreat due to their stores of nuts.
Whilst we wouldn’t fancy living on them alone they do make a great treat for winter events. We always advise guests to peel the shell off before eating them. We have seen a number of guests eat them whole. Usually with the comments of “These are a bit crunchy.”
In France, Central Europe and Brazil, They are used to produce beer. They have similar chemical properties to malted barley.
They are also used to produce a flour that is used in baking cakes. Also making Mont Blanc. A dessert of pureed sweetened nuts topped with whipped cream.
The oldest and largest chestnut tree in the world is called Hundred Horse Chestnut,. This is on the Eastern slope of Mount Etna. Believed to be between 2000 to 4000 years old. Its name originates from a legend that the Queen of Aragorn and a company of 100 knights sheltered beneath it during a thunderstorm.
It is Japans most ancient fruit, cultivated even before growing rice.
They can be used to produce sugar.
An old Corsican wedding tradition says to prepare and serve 22 different chestnut dishes on the day of the wedding.
They are the only nut that contains vitamin C.
The trees tend to stop bearing fruit, North of the fifty-second parallel.
ARE CHESTNUTS HEALTHY;
Definitely, they are lower in protein and fats than other nuts, and nearly all the fat they contain is "good" unsaturated fat.
WHERE CAN I HIRE A CHESTNUT CART NEAR ME;
We supply carts throughout the full U.K., so we can offer you a service anywhere you require.