Why Eat Chestnuts?

Chestnuts are no longer just for the holidays.  We have discovered that they are delicious anytime of the year as long as you can find them.  These nuts are not only delicious but offer great health benefits too! One way to enjoy our chestnuts is roasting them in the oven at 400 degrees for about 12-15 minutes.  Letting them cool for a couple of minutes so you can peel them.  Then Sprinkle the chestnuts with cinnamon and truvia - then enjoy a low calorie / high fiber health snack! Locating Tips: If you can find them locally (we have them at our local Asian Grocery Store almost year round) or if you can't find locally you can also purchase them online (for example from growers such as: Prairie Grove Nut Growers although please note that due to state laws they are not able to ship to Washington, Oregon, and California).  Another option is to buy frozen chestnuts that are already peeled (this saves a little time of peeling them too). If you are selecting your own Chestnuts here's some tips: You will want the chestnut hard and firm when you touch the shell.  The chestnut should not be soft to touch and you should not feel a slight give between the shell and the nutmeat. Storing: Unpeeled chestnut can be stored in any of the following ways: 1. Store in a cool, dry place for one week 2.  Place chestnuts in the refrigerator and they can possibly last for a  month 3. Freeze the chestnuts and they can last up to six months Nutrition Facts and Information about Chestnut: Chestnuts are low in fat and high in fiber. They have large amounts of Manganese, Potassium, Copper, Phosphorus, Magnesium and Iron. Zinc and Calcium are also present in small amounts.  These nuts have Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Thiamin, Folate and Riboflavin along with traces of Vitamin A. Here's a nutrient fact tool that you can use to find calorie content of the three types of chestnuts (Chinese, Japanse and European) and you can select the cooking method (Boiled / Steamed, Roasted, Raw and Dried) offered by NutrientFacts.com Health Benefits of Chestnut: Some health benefits include preventing heart risks, provides energy and they can help prevent common colds. Hope this helped educate you more on chestnuts and that you are able to start to enjoy them throughout the year.  If anyone has any recipes that you would like to share please comment.  Thanks and enjoy!

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Hugh November 15, 2010 at 8:01 am

You’re so right – I only see (or hear mention of) chestnuts around the winter holidays. While I’m a huge nut nut (couldn’t resist) and I have peanut butter in my blood at all times, I never really enjoyed chestnuts. I’ll try to roast them as you suggest and see how they are.

bodyhacker November 16, 2010 at 2:37 pm

Thanks for your message Hugh. We feel in love with them last year when we tried roasting them and then sprinkled our cinnamon truvia mixture on the warm chestnuts! :-) They are perfect for the cold nights and they make your entire kitchen smell like fall time! :-) Hope you like them and look forward to hearing your thoughts.

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