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Chestnut Picking (April ~ May)

Location:
  • Alpine Region
  • Dandenong Ranges
Preparation:
  • Sunscreen
  • Drinking water
  • Buckets or bags
  • Thick gloves or leather gloves
  • Water-proof shoes or boots
  • Hat or coat
  • Food for picnic
Fun Part – Picking:
  • Best time is in the morning when it is not too hot.
  • Chestnuts fall to the ground once they are ripe.
  • The outer protective layer (the burr) is like a prickly tennis ball. This is why you need thick gloves. 
  • This usually splits apart when it lands on the ground.  If not, use your feet to break them first.
  • Choose the shiny ones which have no air between the nut and the shell. They should be hard to press.
  • Discard any with worm holes or other signs of damage.
  • Have a rest and picnic while you are there.
Excitement – Eating:
  • Clean them first.
  • Make a cut on each chestnut
  • Put them in a bucket of water with 1 tablespoon of sugar for 1 ~ 2 hours
  • Roast them for 20 minutes in 180c.
  • Enjoy.


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