Chestnuts

When I was a child we used to collect chestnuts, but it was quite hard to find them, because in my area the chestnut trees are quite rare.

Every kindergarten wanted the kids (and their parents, of course) to collect them for tinkering. Chestnuts, matches, yarn and acorns were used to construct animals, bracelets and necklaces.

On the other hand, the foresters wanted teenagers to collect them for feeding deers and wild boars during the winter. So, chestnuts were quite rare.

In Bavaria is it a very long tradition to have beer gardens. The landlords have cellars for storing the beer barrels and planted usually chestnut trees above the cellar to keep the cellars cool and to have a natural shadow for the guests during summer. So, it’s quite easy to find chestnuts in Bavaria, where I took all these photos.

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2 thoughts on “Chestnuts

  1. There are chestnut trees here, yet I didn’t grab enough before they disappeared. Perhaps next year… I would like enough to make a chestnut apéritif.

    • Sounds interesting. Would you mind showing you receipt? Maybe via direct email?
      Do you really take red chesnuts, or do you take sweet chesnuts (marrons in french)?
      Marron trees are not very common here, they are even more rare than the red chesnuts. Some delicatessen shop have them. On the other hand, you can buy them often hot on Christmas Markets. Then they are rosted in an iron pan over a coal fire.

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