Chestnuts: Growing the American Chestnut Tree

Wiped out by blight in the early 20th century, resistant hybrids of the American chestnut tree are making a comeback. Their rapid growth and productivity make them an excellent addition to any homestead.



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Chestnuts are unique among nuts in that their nutmeat is high in carbohydrates rather than oil. The nuts are somewhat bland at harvest, but after a few days in the refrigerator, some of the starches change to flavorful sugars.
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Chinese chestnut trees need little to no pruning to achieve their picturesque form.
LEE REICH
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Prickly, formidable burrs protect chestnuts from hungry squirrels, but they can also make harvesting chestnuts a thorny task.
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A chestnut orchard at Delmarvelous Farms in Townsend, DE. Whether you're growing American chestnut trees or a related species, give each tree about 40 feet of space in all directions.
PHOTO: RONALD SALMON
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The unique, sweet flavor of roasted chestnuts is just one of the delights you can look forward to following each fall’s bumper crop of chestnuts.
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