Chestnuts represent an amazing collection of species found around the world. They are capable of living for thousands of years and producing copious amounts of edible nuts every year. Chestnuts are unique among other nuts because they are relatively low in fat and protein and high in carbohydrates. They have a similar nutritional value to brown rice- but they taste so much better than brown rice. Home grown roasted chestnuts are a delicious snack. Don't think you know what they taste like if you've only had chestnuts from the supermarket, too often these nuts are old and dead, shipped from across the world. Chestnuts should be kept fresh and alive in a plastic bag in the fridge until they are roasted. They can also be dried and added to soups, ground into a gluten free-flour, or used to supplement livestock and poultry feed.
Chestnuts thrive in well drained acidic soils. Mounds or berms can be created to assist drainage. They flower very late, at the end of June or early July, so they are a pretty safe bet for yearly crops.
Seeds for these trees are collected from select trees in a local established chestnut orchard. The trees are blight resistant and produce large beautiful chestnuts. They are open pollinated and seedlings may contain genes from American, Chinese, European, and Japanese chestnuts.
This is the tree to plant for nut production and longevity. Plant two for pollination.
30-60 feet tall. Zone 4-5.
ONE YEAR SEEDLINGS 1-2 feet tall
Our B-grade seedlings are of the same seedlot. They are either undersized, or have damaged roots. They can still become healthy mature trees, they just had a bit of a rough start in the nursery.