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Old 10-28-2005, 11:25 AM   #1
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Chestnuts - In A Nutshell

Due to several recent posts which discussed chestnuts, I thought you might find this information that I found on chestnuts helpful.

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Old 10-28-2005, 11:41 AM   #2
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Thanks Mish!! I haven't had chestnuts since I was a very small child. Your post taught me a lot!!
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Old 10-28-2005, 11:53 AM   #3
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Thanks Shunka.

My fondest memories of eating chestnuts were as a child in New York City. When it was so c-c-c-cold out, you could buy them hot in a little bag from street/chestnut vendors. One of these days, I'd like to try to make chestnut stuffing. Yum.
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Old 10-28-2005, 12:37 PM   #4
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The chestnut sellers are still on many of the main thoroughfares in London. When I lived there, I used to wait for the first cold weather, to buy some of their produce. I love the smell of them cooking on the charcoal braziers they use... It was usually so cold (and/or wet) that it's wonderful to eat the hot nuts, even if it is difficult to shell them whilst walking along the street.!
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Old 10-28-2005, 01:24 PM   #5
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The ones that I remember had to have sent to my grandparents by friends as they are not common anywhere here in AZ that I know about.
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Old 10-28-2005, 05:16 PM   #6
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Thank you Mish...as I mentioned in another thread, I have never layed eyes on a chestnut, except on an episode of Molto Mario. They sound very interesting.
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Old 10-28-2005, 07:34 PM   #7
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Thanks Mish, I just bought my first batch of chestnuts..They have sure gone up in price since last season, but, the taste makes them well worth it. I did see a jar of imported shelled chestnuts from France, wonder how those would be in stuffing?

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Old 10-28-2005, 07:41 PM   #8
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Here in PA we eat them raw. I know i know, you really arent supposed to.......but boy are they good! And the crunch.........!!! As long as you dont over do it, raw is fine. In fact, I dont know a single person who actually roasts them.



I have 3 American Chestnut trees in my backyard. A lot of friends come out of the woodwork at harvest time. lol.
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Old 10-28-2005, 07:52 PM   #9
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Thank you Mish...as I mentioned in another thread, I have never layed eyes on a chestnut, except on an episode of Molto Mario. They sound very interesting.
Hiya Constance. Actually, your post inspired me to take a look for an easy overall-description that might be helpful. It helped me too. I'm going to look for some of the alternatives mentioned, in the market - if I can't find fresh. If you've never tried a hot chestnut, it's worth scouting around for. I imagine the aroma of baking them at home, must be heavenly. Let us know if you try one, and how you like it.
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Thanks Mish, I just bought my first batch of chestnuts..They have sure gone up in price since last season, but, the taste makes them well worth it. I did see a jar of imported shelled chestnuts from France, wonder how those would be in stuffing?

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Thanks, kads. I'm going to look around for the imported ones as well. Thinking out loud, a chestnut paste(?) might be great on many things...a baguette maybe?
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