In Season in Winter: Chestnuts
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Choice Top 3 Autumn Chestnuts Recipes
Types of Chestnuts
many varieties of edible chestnuts however great care should be taken not to
confuse edible sweet chestnuts with
semi-poisonous nuts of the common Horse-Chestnut tree (conkers) which ripen at
the same time and are of a similar size, shape and colour. You can tell edible
chestnuts from conkers by the fact that edible chestnuts have a point at the top
of the nut whereas conkers don't. Depending on the variety, chestnuts are in season from October to
Buying and storing fresh
Choose firm nuts that feel heavy for their size with shiny, smooth shells.
Store in a cool dry place
Cooking fresh Chestnuts
Chestnuts are a versatile
ingredient which can be cooked in a variety of ways - boiled, roasted, steamed,
microwaved, pureed and are used in both savoury and sweet dishes. Simple roasted
chestnuts in their shell are absolutely delicious and are a favourite in
Britain, especially at Christmas. However, before cooking in their shell they
must be slit to avoid them bursting (a very messy occurrence).
Once cooked, they should be
shelled and the thin skin removed before eating or using in recipes. To peel
chestnuts prior to cooking, slit as above and place in a pan of boiling water
and boil for 10 minutes. Keep the chestnuts in the hot water until ready to peel
as it is easier to remove the shells and skins when they are warm.
Editor's Choice: Top 3
Season Chestnut Recipes
Casserole of Pheasant with Chestnuts
An easy to prepare main course dish which makes the most of late season
pheasants and chestnuts, baked in the oven in red wine. Excellent for older
Red Cabbage with Chestnuts
Slow braised winter season red cabbage with fresh chestnuts
makes a great accompaniment to roaast goose, chicken or turkey.
Chocolate Chestnut Pie
tart is so rich that a 18cm/7 inch flan is sufficient to serve
6. Made in around an hour, it can be served hot or cold.