Raw or Roasted Chestnuts?
Timeless Nutrition Tip
Uniquely sweet, five chestnuts contain barely one gram of fat and just 103 calories. They also pack 2.1 grams of fiber and a whopping 18-percent of the Daily Value of vitamin C.
Chestnuts also contain abundant B complex vitamins, which can only be fully assimilated when the nut is eaten raw because cooking destroys the vitamins.
Eating Raw Chestnuts
Eat them raw or roast them first. Note that raw chestnuts are rich in tannins, which means they can cause intestinal discomfort. To avoid this when eating them raw, be sure to chew them thoroughly for good salivation. This helps them digest well. Also store them for 7 to 10 days - this will reduce the tannin content. In addition, when eating raw chestnuts you should always remove the brown skin that is found immediately under the bark.
To roast chestnuts, slice a shallow X in their skin, place them in a single layer in a baking dish, and bake at 325 degrees for 20 minutes or until the shells start to split and the nuts smell fragrant. They can also, of course, be roasted over an open fire. They're great this way!
Some prefer to boil chestnuts. If you decide to try this, place them in a pot of cold water, bring to a boil and simmer for about 15 to 25 minutes before draining and peeling them while they are sill hot.
Eat them as is or chop and add them to vegetables, stuffing's, or cookie batters.
A flour can also be made using chestnuts. Many Paleo diet enthusiasts create baked goods with chestnut flour.