Chestnuts were first cultivated in China, Japan, Italy and Spain, and there are more than 100 chestnut types. Chestnuts are usually consumed roasted or boiled, and this delicious food is often used in various recipes. Chestnuts are also used in the production of flower.
You can find fresh chestnuts mostly in autumn and winter, and processed chestnuts can be bought throughout the whole year.
Chestnuts Nutrition Facts
Chestnuts are known for their sweet taste and texture. 100 grams of fresh chestnut (edible parts) have 170 calories, which means a lot less than nuts, such as hazelnuts, almonds, walnuts which contain three times more calories.
Chestnuts, same as the nuts we previously listed, do not contain cholesterol. This amazing gift of nature contains small amount of fat, mostly unsaturated fat and which is more important, chestnuts are gluten-free.
This is the main reason why chestnuts are ideal for patients diagnosed with celiac disease.
Chestnuts contain similar amount of carbohydrates as grains (wheat, rice), and twice as much starch as potatoes. They are rich in sugar, even 8% of the edible part contain various types of sugar, including glucose, fructose and others.