Roasting chestnut is particularly popular, but chestnuts are also commonly candied, boiled, pureed, ground into flour for bread making, grilled, steamed, and deep-fried, among many other preparations. They are enjoyed across the world for their unique flavor and praised for their wealth of important nutrients.
Chestnuts provide high levels of dietary fiber, minerals, ‘good’ fats, vitamins, nutrients, antioxidant compounds and other important components that make up a healthy diet.
Chestnuts may seem like an average, everyday nut, but there are a number of important health benefits including their ability to improve digestive health, strengthen bones, manage diabetes, protect cardiovascular health, boost the immune system, and lower blood pressure. Chestnuts also increase cognition and prevent chronic illnesses.
Chestnuts are edible nuts produced by the trees and shrubs of the Castanea genus, which are commonly found throughout the northern hemisphere. While there are a number of different species of chestnuts, most of them possess similar qualities and nutritional profiles. They should not be confused with horse chestnuts, which are quite different. There are a number of different ways in which chestnut tree is used for health benefits, although the fruit of the tree (the chestnut itself) is arguably the most popular.