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Harsh winters and various diseases played a major part in the decline of chestnut consumption. What was an abundantly growing tree soon became scarce and people became discouraged from replanting for fear the disease would return. In the United States the chestnut trees flourished throughout the land until the early part of the 20th century. In 1904 Asian trees planted along the Bronx Zoo contained a deadly fungus. Within two decades this fungus nearly wiped out all of the chestnut trees in the United States. In order to get chestnuts they needed to be imported. These chestnuts were brought in from European countries in particularly Italy. To this day the majority of chestnuts found in the supermarkets throughout North America are still imported from Italy.
The chestnut can be used for a variety of recipes and they can even be grinded to make a chestnut flour. If you enjoy chestnuts you might want to try these recipes:
As you can see there is more to chestnuts than just roasting them. If you still prefer the roasted variety here is how you can make your own at home.
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