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From: helmine (
Subject: Re:chestnut s
Date: March 26, 2003 at 6:08 pm PST

In Reply to: I've never eaten a chestnut in my whole life... posted by LoriM on March 26, 2003 at 3:56 pm:

Well, if you use fresh, you will have to toast or roast them first. They have a chemical, I think it's tannic acid or something, that has to be cooked to make them palatable. I have had fresh chestnuts-- personally, although they have a nice "bouquet", something like that tang that almond desserts can have, or hazelnuts-- I don't care much for them. I find them powdery or mealy somehow. In a soup that might not be a bad thing, don't know. What they really have going for them is a really low fat content for a nut.

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