What are the chestnuts and when is the time to enjoy them

Do you know what chestnuts are?

If you have ever gone to the field in the company of your family, and you have also done it during the fall months, it is quite likely that at some time you have met them. The wonderful chestnuts they are, almost without any doubt, one of the most popular and well-known foods of this beautiful season of the year.

Basically they consist of the chestnut fruit, a tree belonging to the family of the fagaceae, and known scientifically with the name ofCastanea sativa.

The truth is that chestnuts are a tremendously easy food to distinguish, as well as being very characteristic. Why? Fundamentally because we find them inside a kind of spiny capsule, so that to catch them without hurting or pricking with these thorns, it is best to step with the shoe or help us with a stick, pressing on this species of walnut until that the chestnuts inside are coming out.

Inside the walnut with a bulging shape towards the outside and the inner side flattened, we find the fruit: after removing the hairy and velvety inner part of its shell we distinguish the seed, of color, shape and characteristic texture.

When is the chestnut time?

We just have to take a look at the seasonal food calendar to realize that, indeed, we are facing a typically autumnal food.

In fact, we can find them both in the field and in the market from the month of September, until approximately the end of December (that is, between the months of autumn: September, October, November and December).

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Not in vain, during the fall it is common to find ourselves in many streets of our country with different itinerant stalls where they serve roasted chestnuts, which we can enjoy while traveling on a cold and rainy afternoon. It's almost magical, do not you think?

How to peel the chestnuts?

There is no doubt that before we can enjoy all the qualities that chestnuts offer us, it is very important to know how to peel them well. Actually it is very simple, since only a process of scalding; that is to say, to scald the chestnuts to be able to peel them with ease.

You just have to make a small incision in each chestnut, put water in a large pot, and when the water starts to boil add the chestnuts. And then cut the cooking using a little cold water.

And how can we roast them?

On the other hand, a deliciously autumnal option when it comes to enjoying them is roasting. It is as simple as using an old frying pan, make a small incision in each chestnut and put them on the fire, leaving them to cook until they are well roasted (until their external part gets darker). Then we just have to remove from the fire, and being careful not to burn, peel them. This article is published for informational purposes only. You can not and should not replace the consultation with a Nutritionist. We advise you to consult your trusted Nutritionist. ThemesNuts

How to Roast Chestnuts (July 2022)