Chestnuts aren't purely synonymous with crackling fires and Nat King Cole. Nope, these nutty, sweet and savory tree fruits are actually experiencing their ripest moments right about now, during the month of September primarily. This natural food source is so versatile, they can be used in a number of unique dishes as the star of a course or a supporting component to various other ingredients.
Unlike walnuts and pecans, chestnuts are actually surprisingly low in calories and fat, and are made up of natural complex carbohydrates similar to those of wheat, rice and potatoes, making this nut a great alternative to any of the above. Chestnuts are also super high in vitamin C, as a small 3.5oz serving contains up to 65% of the US recommended daily value, meaning we should all stock up on these earthly bearings in preparation for seasons-change and the dreaded annual flu season while we still can.
Chestnuts are creamy and crumbly and can be consumed in a variety of ways, whether eaten alone or tucked into both sweet and savory dishes for added zeal. Look to Epicurious for many inspirational recipes from soups and stuffings to delicate, decadent tagliatelle and buttery crumb cakes.
Cheers to enjoying nature's gifts for every season.