There are several varieties of chestnuts in cultivation around the world. The most popular variety used in the USA is the sweet chestnut of Europe known as "castanea sativa". This variety flourishes in many areas of the Meditereannean basin, and grow particularly well in many regions in Italy. The flesh of the chestnut is creamy white and covered by a tightly adhering, papery skin. The nut and skin are coverd by a brown, somewhat pliable shell. Chestnuts can be roasted, boiled, baked or dried and ground into flour. Be sure to score the shell with a knife before cooking to avoid explosion of the nut.

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  • Nutrition Info
  • Serving Size: 1 cup
  • Amount per serving
  • Calories: 309
  • Calories from fat: 27
  • Fat: 3g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Sodium: 4mg
  • Total Carbs: 66g
    • Fiber: 12g
    • Sugars: g
  • Protein: 4g
  • Vitamin A: 1%
  • Vitamin C: 104%
  • Calcium: 4%
  • Iron: 8%


Handling & Storage


Fresh chestnuts are available from October through December.

Also Known As

  • Castagna

Store chestnuts covered at 35 to 40 degrees with high humidity to avoid drying and hardening of the shell. Do not store for long periods in order to avoid mold development.

  • Castanea sativa
  • Castanea crenata
  • Castanea mollissima


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