13 December 2008
In Portugal, Chestnuts are typical during fall and winter.
This sweet Chestnuts you can see in the picture are native to temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere. The name also refers to the nuts this trees produce.
In USA they´re called "Spanish Chestnut" and in Portugal "Castanhas".
We use this type of nuts in cakes, soups (north region) and meat dishes. We also have them boiled with aniz herbs, roasted with salt, dried (Castanhas Piladas) or just plain.
In Portugual you can find plenty of this trees in north region, where the weather is colder. Portuguese Chestnuts are really sweet and, like sweet potatoes, they´re very good to use both in pastry and main courses.
A good Sunday.