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Seasonal spotlight: chestnuts

Nothing screams Autumn more than the smell of roasted chestnuts. That gorgeous aroma and unique nutty flavour is one that is hard to replicate.

75% of Australian Chestnut production is in North East Victoria around the townships of Beechworth, Stanley, Bright, Mt Beauty,Wandiligong, and Myrtleford.

With the remaining crops grown east of Melbourne, Batlow, Orange, Tenterfield, the Southern Tablelands in NSW, the Adelaide Hills in SA, South West Western Australian and throughout Tasmania.

In all their seasonal glory, Autumn is the time to get your hands on some chestnuts. From mid March to July you will be able to find chestnuts in most supermarkets and greengrocers.

Why choose chestnuts

Chestnuts are exceptionally versatile. Traditionally roasted and eaten straight from the shell as a snack, chestnuts can also be used to make savoury or sweet everyday dishes, extra special.

Storing chestnuts 

You can place uncooked chestnuts in a paper bag in the fridge for 2 to 3 days or in an airtight container for up to 10 days.

Cooked chestnuts can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 4 days. If your not ready to use your chestnuts, you can freeze them for up to 6 months. Although the chestnuts must be cooked an peeled before freezing.

Cooking chestnuts

Chestnuts can be enjoyed a number of ways. They can be roasted, boiled, grilled or barbecued and microwaved. For more information on cooking chestnuts. 

A popular way to enjoy chestnuts through Autumn is roasting and grilling. These two methods of cooking leave the chestnuts with a gorgeous and rich flavour.

This below page, shows how simple it is the prepare chestnuts for roasting or grilling.

A final chestnut tip

When peeling chestnuts be sure they are still warm. Once cooked, remove the chestnuts from the heat and was in a clean tea towel for 5 to 10 minutes. Then quickly peel off the outer brain shell and be sure to remove the papery thin skin underneath.


Chestnut recipe ideas






*DISCLAIMER: Australian Chestnuts are a contributing recipe Partner at This article features content sourced from Australian Chestnuts and our own opinions. For more information visit the Australian Chestnuts website.


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