WHAT ARE CHESTNUTS?
Chestnuts are edible nuts produced by the trees and shrubs of the Castanea genus, which are commonly found throughout the northern hemisphere. While there are a number of different species of chestnuts, most of them possess similar qualities and nutritional profiles. They should not be confused with horse chestnuts, which are quite different. There are a number of different ways in which chestnut tree is used for health benefits, although the fruit of the tree (the chestnut itself) is arguably the most popular.Chestnuts have been a valued food source in many cultures, notably those of China, Korea, Japan and the Mediterranean, and have been cultivated for more than 6,000 years in China and 3,000 years in Europe, according to Richard Litz, author of the book “Biotechnology of Fruit and Nut Crops.” Greeks deemed the chestnut superior to almonds, hazelnuts, and walnuts.Chestnuts have been grown by humans…
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