Frequently Asked “Nut” Questions
How do I cook the chestnuts?
● ☞ If you don’t know the answer play ” The Christmas Song” by Nat King Cole. Everything tastes better on an open fire. However you can use two different methods.
⒈ Score the Chestnuts, place them on your favorite sheet pan and roast them in the oven at 350º F. Depending on the size it can take from 10 to 20 minutes. You can test if they are ready by opening one up. If the furry skin still sticks to the nut, roast them longer. 😉
⒉ Score the Chestnuts and place them on a Carbon Steel Chestnut Pan. Place them on a burner at low heat and cook them until they open. Do not leave them unsupervised as the open flames going trough the holes in the bottom of the pan could seriously burn your Chestnuts.🔥🔥
This is what a Carbon Steel Chestnut Pan looks like
Can I eat the chestnuts raw?
● ☞ You certainly can. Remove the outside shell, remove the furry skin and pop them in your mouth. Even thought they taste delicious, the smell and flavor of a cooked chestnut is unbeatable✌️
How do I keep my chestnuts fresh?
● ☞ Chestnuts are perishable. We recommend to eat them at their peak, within a week of when you receive them. The bottom crisper of your refrigerator is the perfect place. Medium humidity levels are optimal. 👍
How do I crack them open?
● ☞ Chestnuts have a leathery shell which must be removed before eating. If you want to hear the “crack” noise, roasting is the answer. 👌 The shell has to be scored before roasting to make them easy to peel. We DO NOT suggest hammers, chainsaws or food processor. If a squirrel can do it so can you 🙈🙈🙈
Can I pre order chestnuts for the next season?
● ☞ We would love to be able to presell our chestnuts but unfortunately we cannot. Mother Nature decides how many chestnuts will grow on our trees 😎😉
How long does it takes to receive my chestnuts?
● ☞ It’s important to us that you receive only the freshest Chestnuts we have to offer, as they are perishable. We ship our products with USPS Priority Mail and we try to limit time in transit. We ship Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. We do not ship on Friday or the weekend to make sure they won’t sit in a sad warehouse! Usually you can expect your nuts to arrive between 2 to 3 days. 📪📪📪
Visit our shipping policy page to learn more about shipping terms.
How to stratify chestnuts
Upon arrival, your chestnut seeds should be stored in a refrigerator crisper drawer at a temperature between 34°F to 38°F. In order to succeed, chestnut seeds need to be cold stratified starting at the end of October and preferably planted in spring.
- Using a ziploc gallon size bag, place your chestnut seeds in a soil-less starting mixture*. Make sure to punch holes in the ziploc bag for ventilation. You can easily place 40 seed nuts per bag. DO NOT use a mixture with fertilizer in it. Mixture should remain moist, not too wet or not too dry.
- Turn chestnut seeds every couple of weeks and check for any sign of mold. If any of your seeds have mold, discard them immediately.
- By the end of February to the beginning of March, your seeds should have developed a sprout (tap-root). At this point, you may transplant your sprouted seeds into a container with the soil-less mix. You can use a tall styrofoam cup with holes punched in the bottom for drainage. DO NOT add any fertilizer.
- Place the planting container in a warm sunny window or greenhouse until the last frost has passed.
- You are now able to transplant your saplings into the ground or into a larger container (3 or 5 gallons pot). YOU MAY use a “ Triple 12 ” fertilizer at this point.
- Make sure you gently twist the nut off from the roots before planting; moles and other animals may find it and dig up your saplings.
* Our favorite soil-less starting mixture is PRO-MIX PGX
Best nuts for planting
● ☞ Seed nuts are our best nuts for planting. We hand-select premium chestnuts from our best trees for your planting pleasure and to insure the best quality seedlings👌. You can find our seed nuts in the Store page ➥