Chestnuts are best known for their appearance during the holidays in the United States, but are a more frequently enjoyed nut in Europe and Asia.
There are many varieties of chestnuts, all of which can be prepared in a myriad of ways including roasted, boiled, pureed, preserved and candied.
Estimated Glycemic Load: 7
Selecting and Storing Chestnuts
Fresh chestnuts are available from September through February. Choose firm, plump nuts without shell blemishes. Store unshelled nuts in a cool, dry place; refrigerate shelled nuts in a covered container. Chestnuts can also be found canned whole, in pieces or as a puree.