Two popular ways to cook chestnuts are roasting and boiling. Roasting chestnuts involves baking them in an oven or over an open fire. Boiling them involves submerging them in a pot of boiling water.
Roasted chestnuts are a popular holiday treat because they are harvested in the late fall. Prior to roasting chestnuts, their shells should be slit using a knife so that they can be easily peeled. Next, the chestnuts should be put in a shallow baking dish and placed in a 350 degree oven for about 35 minutes. Roasted chestnuts should be peeled while they're still hot.
Boiling chestnuts requires bringing a pot of water to a boil, pouring in the chestnuts and allowing them to cook for about 45 minutes. Chestnuts are a tree nuts native to continents of the northern hemisphere. There are four species of chestnuts grown for consumption. Although chestnuts are grown in the United States, most of the chestnuts consumed in the country are imported from Europe. China, however, is largest global exporter of tree nuts. Although chestnuts are a nut, their nutritional composition most closely matches that of the potato. They are high in starch but are a valued nutritional source because they are also high in vitamins.