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.