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"Schlauer I d'Wuche" - chestnut and chestnut - is there a difference?  - Espresso cash desk

“Schlauer I d’Wuche” – chestnut and chestnut – is there a difference? – Espresso cash desk


For many, it was Hans Heere, but “chestnut” is the umbrella term for the various varieties. Chestnut is one of them.

Migros offers an autumn product on its website: “Marroni/Chestnuts”. This confuses the listener of the consumer SRF “Espresso” magazine. He wonders if both names are really true.

Patrick Schock of the Swiss Heritage Circle, who struggles to grow chestnuts in Ticino, among other things, knows the answer to the riddle. He says chestnut is the general term for many different types of chestnut. One of these varieties is chestnut.

This means that every chestnut is also a chestnut. Chestnuts are usually slightly sweeter and have a stronger taste than chestnuts, although each type of chestnut has its own flavor.

Chestnuts from large farms

Major distributors and chestnut stalls mostly sell chestnuts from large farms in Italy, southern France, Spain and Turkey, according to the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL). Other chestnut species can be found in Ticino, in the Valais, on Lake Geneva, but chestnut forests are also found in the St. Gallen Rhine valley.

There was an error in the labeling on the Internet. The label should say “Chestnut”

In addition to chestnuts, Migros also sells chestnuts from Italy and is happy that Espresso reported: “There was a labeling error online. Chestnuts should be on the label, but the chestnuts are properly labeled in store,” says Migros spokesperson Patrick Stober. The poster will also be modified online as soon as possible.

Roasted chestnuts are hard to peel

You can buy not only ready-made roasted chestnuts at the stand, but also raw from the wholesaler. Other chestnut varieties are less common at wholesalers, but are more common in Ticino.

The listener of “espresso” roasted chestnuts and another type of chestnut in the oven, and concluded: “Chestnuts are harder to peel than chestnuts, and they also taste different.” Heimatschutz doubles after: “Chestnuts are tastier.” We think: it might be a matter of taste.

Horse chestnut: inedible, but good for crafting

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Although horse chestnut is similar to chestnut and has the word “chestnut” in its name, it is not related to (edible) chestnut. It is inedible, but it is known that it is ideal for crafts.