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. Some of the mother trees include such cultivars as 'Willamette', 'Armstrong', 'Jersey Gem', 'Eaton', 'Mossbarger', as well as many other outstanding hybrids. Hardy to zone 4.
Chinese Chestnut: Seed from our chinese chestnuts comes from the latest work at the University of Missouri. The trees bear large crops of huge nuts and should be more cold hardy than run of the mill chinese chestnuts. Hardy to zone 5 (experimentally in zone 4).
Chestnuts will grow 30-60 feet tall. Two trees are required for pollination.