Chestnuts are most commonly used in the winter and they have a sweet flavour and crumbly texture. They have a high water content and low oil content and should not be eaten raw. You can prepare them yourself or buy pre-prepared tins or packets of chestnuts. Chestnuts are noticeable for the spiky casing around the nut that falls from the tree, however it is important not to confuse this with inedible varieties of chestnut.

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