Chestnuts are indigenous to Asia, Europe and America. The ancient Greeks were among the first to cultivate them.
Chestnuts are the fruit of a magnificent-looking tree belonging to the same famly as the oak and the beech. The nuts are roundish in shape, drawn up to a point and flattened on one side. The seeds are contained in a prickly case called a burr. In the autumn the burr opens, dropping the chestnuts to the ground.
There are four species of chestnuts; Japanese, Chinese, American and European. The European chestnut is considered the sweetest. Chestnuts should not be confused with Horse Chestnuts or Chinese water chestnuts.
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