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How to Cook, Store Nutritious Sweet Chestnuts

Posted Oct 14 2010 1:25am

Sweet Chestnuts can be cooked or stored and are very nutrtitious.

The Sweet Chestnut Tree (latin name – Castanea sativa) grows to a height of about 30m.

The Sweet Chestnut produces spiny fruit which encase the edible chestnut, traditionally roasted in bonfires

 This is How To Store Sweet Chestnuts:

  • dry nuts in a very low oven until hard
  • store in a dry jar in a cool, dark cupboard
  • dry chestnuts will keep for years
  • to reconstitute dry nuts, put in boiling water to cover for an hour or so and use as recipe.

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The nutritional value of sweet chestnuts is high:

  • the only nut containing vitamin C
  • full of fibre – 4.1gfibre/100g chestnut
  • trace elements including potassium, iron, zinc and manganese
  • gluten free
  • no cholesterol
  • calories in 50g serving (5 chestnuts) = 85kcal
  • low in fat – 2.7g fat/100g – less than 1/3 of the calories of pistachios

To Cook a Chestnut snack:

  • roast for 20 minutes in a hot oven until the skin comes off
  • peel
  • eat pure or cover with favourite seasoning

 It is fun collecting the nutritious sweet chestnuts at this time of year; they can be cooked or stored.

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