EN on Foods

November 2008 Issue

Savor the Flavor, Nutrition of Roasted Chestnuts

The Folklore. Ancient Greeks and Romans believed that chestnuts protected against poisons, dog bites and dysentery. And history suggests some European peasants relied almost solely upon chestnuts for food during much of the year. Likewise, chestnuts were part of daily life in early America, as a food source for people and livestock, with the tree providing much-needed wood. But in the early 1900s, chestnut blight led to the near-extinction of the American chestnut tree.

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