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- In the store: min 1°C – max 2°C
- Ethylene sensitivity: low
- Ethylene production: low
- At home: min 1°C – max 2°C
Quality and ripeness
- The chestnut has a tough, shiny, red-brown skin with a pointy end and black hairs.
- When peeled, a chestnut is white in colour.
- Not sure about the ripeness? Put the chestnut in a glass of water. If it sinks, it is edible.
Chestnuts can be roasted, boiled and even puréed. In some countries chestnut purée is popular in desserts or as a side. The purée works very well with game dishes. Roasted chestnuts with butter are a true delicacy. You can also just peel the chestnuts and eat it as is. Beneath the brown skin there is a white fruit which can be consumed as is.
Did you know that:
- a sweet chestnut tree can be up to 500 years old?
- the tree only starts producing chestnuts after the age of 35 to 55?
- horse chestnuts and sweet chestnuts can be distinguished by their shape? A sweet chestnut has a tip on top and a horse chestnut is nice and round. Sweet chestnuts are also thinner than their horse counterparts.