Chestnuts are not too popular or just not appreciated in many countries. They are a great variety in a diet with numerous health benefits and great taste advantages. Formerly, chestnuts were widely used in natural medicine as they have many medicinal properties. Chestnuts can be eaten raw, baked or cooked.
They are the edible seeds of the characteristic chestnut type. They look somewhat like nuts and taste sweet and are lighter in indigestion. Fresh are suitable for direct consumption, while dried require to be prepared and cooked or roasted. Chestnuts contain starch, which, after heat treatment, turns into complex carbohydrates, which are absorbed by the body, thus constituting a good source of energy. They are nerve and immune system strengthening, consist B vitamins.
Chestnuts are a great alternative for people with intolerance and allergy to gluten. That’s why they are a great substitute for flour in your daily diet, especially when it comes to baking bread or cakes. Chestnuts are a gluten-free, healthy snack and raw keep the most of nutrition properties, than the ones that undergo heat treatment. They are a tasty and unconventional alternative to meat or sauce supplement. In addition, they blend beautifully with the taste of coffee and therefore, are a wonderful addition. Chestnut can be used for the production of wines and tinctures. They are a original snack that may be suitable for any party or reception, replacing the typical chips.
Formerly, chestnuts were used in the case of headache, memory and concentration problems. Besides they were considered an aphrodisiac. A dessert, under the name of Mont Blanc, is a sweet chestnut purée with a light cognac addition decorated with whipped cream. Also served as a love potion, from chestnuts soaked in muscadet, which ia a French white wine.