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.

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About The Author

Kelley Herring, founder of Healing Gourmet, is a natural nutrition enthusiast with a background in biochemistry. Her passion is educating on how foods promote health and protect against disease and creating simple and delicious recipes for vibrant health and enjoyment.

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