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The chestnut is one of the star foods of the autumn. The chestnut tree was brought by the Romans from the Caucasus and the western Mediterranean. Although it is centuries old, it did not become popular in Catalonia until the 18th century.

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The chestnut tree is only grown in a few specific spots in Catalonia, primarily in the north-west (Guilleries-Montseny, Corredor-Montnegre, EmpordÓ and Garrotxa) where the climate and edaphological conditions are most favourable. The chestnut is high in energy, packed with vitamins and low in fat. At one time it was only eaten boiled or roasted around All Saints' Day, but in regions such as the Garrotxa it has now acquired major status in the local gastronomy and is used in an array of dishes including meat stews, soups, purees and desserts.

Category: Nuts.
Characteristic of: Garrotxa, Pla de l'Estany, Selva, Conca de Barberà, Osona
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Availabe in season at markets and in greengrocers.

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