Chestnuts

Height to 30m\Four main species in NZ

Caslanea sativa – Sweet Chestnut

C. crenata

C dentata

C mollissima

Nutritionally valuable – complex carbohydrates, hight protein, Vitamin C, Low Fat, gluten free, no oil.

Store well kept in clean, dry, cold

Grow well in deep loamy soils.  Intollerant of Lime

Prone to phythoptera a fungal infection that may indicate poor drainage

Mulch with slow decomposing matter ie bark

Stake in strong wind areas

 

Roasting

Cut a slit in each nut and place in a shallow container in a hot oven for 10-15 mins.  Toss occasionally.  Ready to eat when open enough to easily remove flesh