The chestnut is a highly estimated and nutritious fruit and is for this reason frequently used in the flavoursome cuisine of the Trentino.
The chestnuts are also referred to as the “cereal that grows on the tree”. With good reason, as this fruit has been known for its nutritiousness since ancient times. In addition, for a very long period of time it used to be the staple food of the farmers.
Some time ago mountain farmers used to cultivate fruits that in harvest period could simply be collected. One of them was the chestnut which, in the course of time, took pride of place in the gastronomy of the Trentino region. There are numerous dishes in the cuisine of the Trentino prepared on the basis of chestnuts. These plates range from starters to sweets such as chestnut creams, chocolate, “marron glacé”, candied fruits, syrup, chestnut beer and liquors. And last but not least, the roasted chestnuts.
The ripe chestnuts are harvested from the end of August until November. In this period, the delicious fruit is frequently celebrated and highlighted in village fairs and other events.