Starchy, sweet, rich in flavor, chestnuts are popular edible nuts from the northern hemisphere. The nuts are native to the mountainous forests of Europe, North America, Japan and China.
Chestnuts, unlike other nuts and seeds, are relatively low in calories and fats. They are primarily composed of starch (carbohydrates) in contrast to other kinds of tree seeds and nuts which are rather high in protein and fat. Chestnuts nutrition composition is, therefore, comparable to that of other staple starch foods such as sweet potato, sweet corn, potatoes, plantain. Nevertheless, they are still good sources of minerals, vitamins and some good-quality protein.
What other secrets do chestnuts hold?
- They are an excellent source of dietary fibre; provide 8.1 g (about 21% of RDI) per 100 g. A diet containing fibre helps lower blood cholesterol levels by limiting excess cholesterol absorption in the intestines.
- Exceptionally rich in vitamin-C. 100 g nuts provide 43 mg of vitamin-C (72 % of DRI).
- Rich in folates akin to green leafy vegetables. 100 g nuts provide 62 µg of folates (or 15.5%).
- Rich source of mono-unsaturated fatty acids like oleic acid (18:1) and palmitoleic acids (16:1).
- Excellent source of minerals such as iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus and zinc.
- Rich in many important B-complex groups of vitamins. 100 g of nuts provide a RDI of 11% of niacin, 29% of pyridoxine (vitamin B-6), 100% of thiamin, and 12% of riboflavin.
- Chestnuts are gluten free, low GI and low in fat
Come along to Snowflakes in Stanthorpe on the 1st of July at the Stanthorpe Snow Grounds (show grounds) to get your fix of chestnutty goodness. We will have hot roasted organic chestnuts, raw chestnuts to take home to roast yourself, chestnut spread, tinned chestnuts, chestnut flour and chestnut honey!
And what goes well with roasted chestnuts? Hot apple cider! We’re really looking forward to Snowflakes in Stanthorpe this year. It’s going to be Snow Much Fun :)