Roast Chestnuts Day

Roast Chestnuts Day

One warming treat is a must-have in December’s chill. Street vendors often sell roasted chestnuts at this time of the year. The earthy, spicy aroma is enough to get you into the Christmas spirit.

It’s time for us to celebrate the humble chestnut on the 14th of Dezember. You can also mark the time-honored tradition that chestnut roasting is a part of the season of cheer.

Although Roast Chestnut Day is relatively new on the calendar, the practice of roasting chestnuts dates back many years. It’s difficult to pinpoint when they became so popular. However, historians believe that the 16th century was the turning point. This is when street vendors began selling the nuts to anyone who needed a quick and warm snack. They are also a long-standing tradition in Portugal, where they are roasted on Saint Martin’s Day and in Tuscany on Saint Simon’s Day.

The natural sweetness of chestnuts is revealed when they are carefully roasted. They are a great snack choice if you have a sweet tooth. Chestnuts are low in calories and high in fibre, making them a healthy and nutritious snack. You may be surprised to learn that they are rich in vitamin C. They are technically nuts but they taste quite different from other nuts. Roast Chestnuts Day is the best time to give them a try.

Although chestnuts are best roasted on a charcoal grill to get rid of their shiny, bitter skins, you can also make them in your kitchen using a conventional oven. Simply cut a cross in each nut and place them on a baking sheet. Bake them until they are fully cooked. After removing the tough, shiny skin, they can be eaten.

Roast chestnuts are so simple to make, why not roast a batch yourself on December 14th? You can enjoy them as a snack, or add them to a dish such as stuffing, or pair them with roasted meat.

You can find them in supermarkets throughout the festive season so there’s no need to forage in the woods for them!


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