I got a lot of emails, wishing us a Happy Thanksgiving yesterday. Facebook postings from friends were abundant. It was nice.
Being far away from family AND chestnut roasters to boot, Thanksgiving is always a very busy day after a week of being busy selling “Freshly Roasted Italian Chestnuts” outside of the health food store here in town.
I read everyone’s little share about being thankful at this special time of year, but here’s the one that got to me. It’s all about opening our eyes…I found it beautiful. Thanks Daniela for sending it!
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.
100 grams contains the following:
protein: 12 grams
fat: 3 g
carbohydrates: 85 g
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!