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Gloria De Luca
December 06, 2011
Mel Torme playing in the background.
"Jack Frost nipping at your nose."
Various others just nipping.
"Folks dressing up like Eskimos."
(I never understood that line.)
And chestnuts roasting on an open fire.
Chestnuts, of course, come from chestnut trees, some of them 400 years old.
It takes 40 years before they bear fruit, and yes they are fruits.
The time for harvesting them is an operation lasting about a month, from the start of October to early November.
One of the first foods eaten by man, the chestnut dates back to prehistoric times.
Alexander the Great and the Romans planted chestnut trees across Europe while on their various campaigns.
The Greek army survived their retreat from Asia Minor because they had enormous amounts of chestnuts with them.
"Toss me another one, Demetrius."
The chestnut tree, Castanea sativa, was first introduced to the rest of Europe by Greece and eventually came to America.
The American Heart Association approved this little nut as a low fat food; they’re also cholesterol free and a significant source of vitamin C.
So...how do you like yours?
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