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Chestnut season is almost here! How to incorporate this delicious super-nut into your diet

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Chestnut season is almost here!  How to incorporate this delicious super-nut into your diet

In comparison to other nuts, chestnuts are low in fat, high in fiber, and are primarily a source of complex carbs. Packed with essential vitamins and minerals, this super nut benefits your entire body - from stabilizing your energy levels to supporting brain function! Appreciated for its characteristic taste, chestnuts have solidified their place in culinary history around the world - the Greeks and Romans were famous for preserving them with honey, while Americans use chestnuts as a key ingredient for their Christmas meals, and today, they are a staple in Italian cooking and have been successfully adapted to Indian recipes as well. 

Adding Chestnuts to Your Kitchen

The chestnut tree, is known as ‘the queen of the forest’ and rightfully so. The delicate flavor of chestnuts makes them versatile for both savory and sweet dishes.

Chestnuts should always be cooked before consumption and can either be boiled, roasted, baked or microwaved. The texture of a chestnut resembles that of a potato as they turn buttery and soft when cooked. Chestnuts are ideal for a gluten-free diet and serve as a convenient option for vegans. 

While there are numerous ways to add these delicious nuts to a meal, here are some simple cooking tips & recommendations: 

Everyday essentials

Aside from being a gluten-free option packed with vitamins, the versatility of chestnuts makes it a great ingredient to choose as a replacement for everyday essentials. Substitute regular flour with chestnut flour, whether its making fresh homemade pasta or grain-free banana bread. Elevate your hummus by replacing chickpeas with this healthy nut. Cut the calories of peanut butter by making healthy home-made chestnut butter instead.

Bonus tip: You can easily make chestnut flour from the comfort of your kitchen with minimal equipment. All you need is a serrated knife, chopping board, butter paper or cookie sheets, an oven, a blender and of course, Chestnuts!

  1. Using the knife, carve an X on the chestnuts and place them on the cookie sheet. Roast the chestnuts for 30 minutes at 200 Celcius.

  2. Cut the roasted chestnuts in half and peel any remaining skin. Dehydrate the chestnuts in your oven by setting it to the lowest temperature.

  3. Finally, grind the chestnuts in a blender until it is super fine and voila! you just made chestnut flour

  4. You can store chestnut flour up to 6 months, using it to make healthy pancakes, crepes, flatbreads, pasta and more.

Creamy soups

Chestnuts add a creamy and rustic texture to soups, perfect for cold rainy days. Ingredients like thyme, cauliflower, parsley and celery, among other fresh vegetables pair perfectly with chestnuts. Roasted chestnuts with thyme cream is a classic soup dish and relatively easy to make. 

Light bites

For a guilt-free snack, simply roast chestnuts in the oven and sprinkle them with  Himalayan pink salt. Chestnuts perfectly complement fresh fruits and vegetables for tasty salads. Some popular salads which prominently feature chestnuts include warm chestnut and apple salad, spinach arugula salad with chestnuts and autumn beetroot and chestnut salad. 

Hearty Mains

Add an authentic touch to your next Italian meal by adding chestnuts to fresh pasta or rice. Whether it’s a creamy risotto enhanced with smoked chestnut flour or a delectable quick-fix meal composed of sauteed pumpkin, chestnuts, onions and thyme, chestnuts have the ability to instantly elevate any dish with its versatile flavor.

Delectable Desserts

As veganism grows in popularity, chestnuts have become a preferred replacement to use in desserts instead of flour. Feed your gluten-free sweet tooth by baking a chestnut, lemon cream cake or combine chocolate with chestnuts for delightful pastries and tarts including chestnut flour cupcakes with cream cheese and chestnut and chocolate truffles. 

Hidden Health Benefits  

Chestnuts are known for containing Vitamin B6, B12, and C, folic acid, unsaturated fat, dietary fibre, along with many other nutrients. A 2010 Korean study suggests that consuming regulated amounts of chestnuts also helps prevent chronic illnesses. Aside from being one of the most low-fat nuts, chestnuts are packed with nutrients that offer an array of health benefits including improving digestion, boosting the immune system, eliminating toxins and improving brain function!

Interested in adding chestnuts to your diet but not sure where to find them? Chestnut season is right around the corner and  Zama Organics has partnered with select local farms across the Himalayan Belt to bring fresh, organically-grown chestnuts. Call or WhatsApp us at 70458 56105 to pre-order!


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