Sadhvi Sez…it’s Chestnut Time!

Sadhvi the Roasted Chestnut Vendor!
Sadhvi the Roasted Chestnut Vendor!

I am going to help my husband roast chestnuts today.  It will be my first time roasting this season and I am happy just thinking about it.  Besides the fact that being a street vendor is my most favorite thing to do, I am looking forward to my first bunch of freshly roasted Italian chestnuts! 

I don’t remember having or eating roasted chestnuts growing up in Cleveland, but I vaguely remember someone roasting them downtown.  When I moved to Basel, Switzerland, there seemed to be a stand on every corner and at every train station.  As long as I have known my husband, he has been part of this tradition.  One year, I asked him if he could teach me to vend too…I thought it would take a couple of days, and I would have it down.  Well, it took me nearly the whole first month, and when he left me on my own that first time, I cried and begged him not to, I just wasn’t ready!  He laughed, and said I would be fine, and he was right.  That first year at the train station in our village, I remember that I felt so vulnerable though, that I made a tape of my favorite Mozart songs to comfort me at the stand.  Mozart is great for feeling protected! 

Now chestnuts are part of my life here in Asheville, and I wanted to share some info about them.  First off, chestnuts are gluten-free, which means that everyone can enjoy them.  They are not nuts, but are a complete protein, which means you can live on them. 

Italian Chestnuts!
Italian Chestnuts!
       100 grams contains the following:
  •  protein: 12 grams
  •  fat: 3 g
  •  carbohydrates: 85 g
  •  calories: 200
  •  calcium: 36 mg
  •  beta-carotene: 168 mg
  •  vitamin C: 65 mg
  •  vitamin B1: 0.29 mg
  •  potassium: 707 mg
  •  magnesium: 1.3 g
  •  iron: 45 mg
  •  copper: 0.23 mg
  •  phosphorous: 87 mg

The next post is going to be one of my most favorite recipes for chestnuts….a very easy soup that anyone can make…until then, buy some chestnuts and store them in the lower compartment in your fridge.  Don’t wait until Thanksgiving to get them…there is only one harvest and they are their freshest and best NOW!

About Sadhvi

Sadhvi's trying to find the balance in life over 50 without having any surgery, taking any pills, or killing anyone. She doesn't want to look or feel the way she felt when she was 20 or 30. Trusting that everything is really OK unless you think about it helps her make it through each day. Also realizing that nothing can be done, and, that nothing matters really helps. Gardening (and weeding), poppies and flowers, painting on things, baking, and sharing on Oops50 helps to make it all right too.

8 thoughts on “Sadhvi Sez…it’s Chestnut Time!

  1. Hi Elaine,
    My husband has been roasting outside of GreenLife/WholeFoods since October.
    He will be there until he has no more chestnuts…maybe the end of January?
    M/W/Fri/Sat and Sunday…from noon until around 5pm.
    Hope you get around to getting some…they are good this year!
    Sadhvi

  2. Sadhvi,
    I have problems buying good quality Chestnuts here on the West Coast.I am from Lugano Switzerland and used to good tasting and sweet Maroni. Do you have a supplier you can recomend?
    Thank You,
    Siro Bignotti

  3. Sadvi, I’m interested in doing just what i see you doing, is that Ashville , North Carolina, I’m fifty one and was this roadside vendor for years , in my thirties,loved it, had regular customers , sold out of 6 towns, mostly seafood and roses, always wanted to do chestnuts in the winter, looking at doing it now at a ski resort, as i live in the White Mountains Maine, would you be willing to share any of your tips , or if its to discourage me, that too, I enjoyed that street vending and want to do it again, I would need to know things like what kind of roaster to buy, from who, maybe I could ck.ut your operation in person, has i have to travel to Missouri for the up coming holidays, Thanks Richard

  4. Mary Rose…are you able to get a fresh supply in your area? If you can, the recipes that I like to make with chestnuts should hold you over until you come live in Asheville. Let me know if you cannot get any…because if not, I will send you some via the post.

  5. Sadhvi,

    In my large Italian family, the aroma of roasting chestnuts was so much a part of our holidays that to this day, it is a beautiful sensory memory. After hours of eating countless specialties, the chestnuts were brought out & even though you thought you could not possibly eat another bite……..the chestnuts were just too tempting to resist. I can’t wait to have the opportunity to enjoy them one day in Asheville.

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