So, what Does a Chestnut Even Taste Like, Anyway?

In honor of the opening of our online store this month, let’s talk taste! We know that many of the people we serve here at Virginia Chestnuts are chestnut lovers from way back, but not everyone has had the pleasure. So, if you’re one of those and you wonder what the fuss is all about, read on and find out what you’ve been missing.

There are many ways to cook chestnuts, and the way you cook them will have a lot to do with the flavor and texture of your finished product. Chestnuts are sweet, slightly savory, and are similar in many ways to a small and very sweet potato. When boiled, the chestnut is soft and chewy. They retain a lot of their water this way, so they are a little wet even after they come out of their hard outer shell. Roasted chestnuts, whether fire roasted or oven roasted, are crispier with an almost smoky taste. If they are cooked on a wood fire, they will have more of this smokiness.

Of course, we can’t forget about the spices you can use either. Though chestnuts are delicious when eaten plain, many people love to jazz them up with some spices. Salt and butter can bring out the savory elements in cooked chestnuts, while the sweeter spices like cinnamon can make for a sweet dessert flavor.

Tell us what you think in the comments. How do chestnuts taste to you? And, if you’ve never tried them before, head over to our online store and discover your new favorite fall treat.

2 thoughts on “So, what Does a Chestnut Even Taste Like, Anyway?

  1. Nancy Reply

    I first discovered hot roasted chestnuts from a street vendor in Manhattan – and loved the sweet, rich taste & soft, chewy texture. On my first trip to France I went to a small Parisian cafe recommended by a friend and discovered marron (French for chestnut) glace and marron liqueur. Later that week I had rented a bike for the day and was riding along a small road on the island of Belle Ile, off the cost of Brittany, when I came across a little food vendor wagon where the owner was selling crepes, and voila! a marron crepe. Now I keep an eye out every fall for when my local grocery store may, or may not, offer them in the produce section. Delighted to see you offer them on-line.

    • Kim Bryant Post authorReply

      Hi Nancy,

      Thank-you for this lovely vision of your chestnut experiences. While they are not currently available on grocery stores, we will be happy to ship them to you directly from our on-line store. Let us know how we can serve you.

      Best Regards,
      Kim Bryant
      Co-owner/Operator
      Virginia Chestnuts

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