Roasting chestnuts, has become synonomous with Christmas. But in Europe, chestnuts are eaten much as Americans eat potatoes. They are valued for their taste and starch content. In actuality, chestnuts that we buy in the store are from Europe or Aisa. The North American Chestnut is all, but wiped out. Currently, there are researchers trying to save the few dying roots left in the Eastern woods. In the Pacific Northwest, there are surviving North American Chestnuts. This is thought to be because, the blight that was brought in the late 19th century did follow the settlers of the northwest. Therefore, for now those trees lay unscathed. Chestnuts have been used for the survival of many. The Greek Army retreating from Asia Minor in 400 bc, used these to survive. The chestnuts are a pastime of many early Americans and are a special treat for many of us.
In order to roast your chestnuts, you have to scour it with a knife, cross wise. Then roast them on the open fire of heat up the oven to 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Nothing compares with a sweet roasted chestnut! Yum.