Cooked, peeled, and ready to use, these high quality sweet, moist organic chestnuts are purchased from small family farmers in northwestern Spain’s Galica region. Galica’s agrarian economy has struggled in the modern era. Naicina, the company who produces this cooked product was created with the specific goal of creating demand for their fine products outside of the region to preserve their way of life.
After being cooked & peeled, these chestnuts have been processed so that they are shelf stable until the packaging is opened, making them an excellent choice for gifts. They are certified organic.
Unlike most nuts, which store their energy in the form of oil, the energy in chestnuts is stored as starch. As a result, their texture is softer (when fresh) and flourier than other nuts, while their flavor is more sweet & starchy than nutty.
In addition to their very high starch content (twice as much as potatoes), chestnuts are quite low in fat and supply good quantities of potassium and vitamins B & C.
Although chestnuts were an important food to some of America's native peoples, the American variety of chestnut was almost completely wiped out by widespread blight in the early 20th century. As a result, almost all chestnuts consumed in the US today are imported, which may be why they aren't as popular an ingredient over here as they are in Europe.
Chestnuts historically played an important role in both Italian and French cooking (in some areas they were a staple food) prior to the introduction of New World crops. Today they're enjoyed in both sweet and savory dishes in Europe and Asia.