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Sweet chestnut

Castanea sativa


Chestnut fruits are inside the thorny capsules of the picture and they fall off during the automn. They are delicious to eat when roasted, boiled or even raw and nice desserts can be made from them such as marron glacé. Until the introduction of the potato, it was one of the main sources of carbohydrates in north and western Spain. Fresh chestnut fruits have about 180 calories per 100 grams of edible parts, which is much lower than walnuts, almonds, other nuts and dried fruit. Chestnuts, as with all plant foods, contain no cholesterol and contain very little fat, mostly unsaturated, and no gluten. They are the only "nuts" that contain vitamin C

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Maria dB
Maria dB 8 years ago

Love chestnuts - interesting about the vitamin C!

arlanda 8 years ago

I hope so, HansNew

Hans.New 8 years ago

They are also very common here, can´t wait for them buliding leaves again. Spring comes soon, I hope

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La Alberca, Castilla y León, Spain

Spotted on Apr 16, 2011
Submitted on Feb 21, 2012

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