Naturally sweet, low in fat and calories and extremely versatile, Michigan chestnuts are not just for roasting over an open fire. While Michigan chestnuts are available in their fresh form from October to December, peeled frozen and dehydrated chestnuts and chestnut flour are found throughout the year.
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Michigan Chestnut Facts
- Michigan chestnuts are sold fresh, peeled, frozen, sliced or as flour
- Chestnuts are grown on 143 farms, making Michigan first in the nation in the production of chestnuts
- Chestnut flour is a gluten-free alternative to wheat flour
- The natural sweetness of chestnut flour enhances the delicate flavors of many baked goods
- Chestnut slices are a great additive to breads or salads and have a shelf life of two years
- Chestnuts can be used in a wide variety of dishes, from soups, stews and stuffing to fancy desserts
- Chestnuts are an excellent source of iron, and unlike other nuts, chestnuts are low in fat
- They are a good source of thiamin B1, potassium, riboflavin B2 and phosphorous
- Chestnuts are the only nut that contains a significant amount of vitamin C
- Chestnuts have one third the calorie content of peanuts and cashews
- High in complex carbohydrates, chestnuts are called the grain that grows on trees