As you roast your delicious chestnuts this fall, take a minute to think about where they came from. There’s a lot of story to get to know between the seed and the roasting pan, so sit back and enjoy learning about the life of a chestnut.
When a chestnut tree is first planted, it’s got a lot of growing up to do before it starts producing. In fact, the tree can grow for 8 to 10 years before it begins to produce edible chestnuts.
Eventually the tree will start producing the actual chestnuts themselves. The nuts start life nestled protectively in spiky, cactus-like husks. When these husks begin to fall from the trees in early September, the harvest season has officially begun. Each husk can contain several nuts, and will keep the nuts protected until they are gathered up.
Once the nuts are gathered, they are placed in barrels of water for several days to cure. This curing process serves to make sure the nuts are worm and germ free when they arrive fresh on your table.
Now that you know a little more about where your chestnuts came from, check out some of our recipes and other blog posts for nutritious and delicious ways to enjoy your very own!