There is probably a smell of roasted chestnuts and other good comfortable things all the time, for we are telling Winter Stories – Ghost Stories, or more shame for us – round the Christmas fire; and we have never stirred, except to draw a little nearer to it.
More than 80% of the 2 million tons of the global production is harvested in China, followed by Bolivia, Turkey, South Korea and Italy. Greece, Portugal, Japan, Spain and North Korea complete the top 10. Overall chestnuts are planted commercially in 27 countries world wide, but most popular in Asia and Europe. The ‘castanea crenata‘ or Korean Chestnut is a staple in the cuisine of both Koreas and Japan.