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Where are water chestnuts found?

Despite being called chestnuts, water chestnuts are not nuts at all. They are aquatic tuber vegetables that grow in marshes, ponds, paddy fields and shallow lakes (1). Water chestnuts are native to Southeast Asia, Southern China, Taiwan, Australia, Africa and many islands in the Indian and Pacific oceans.

Do you have to cook water chestnuts?

Cooking With Water Chestnuts Fresh water chestnuts can be eaten raw after they’ve been peeled. When cooking with fresh or canned, add both toward the end of the cooking process so they retain their maximum crunch.

Do water chestnuts freeze well?

The precise answer depends to a large extent on storage conditions – keep opened water chestnuts refrigerated and tightly covered. To maximize the shelf life of canned water chestnuts after opening, refrigerate in covered glass or plastic container. Canned water chestnuts do not freeze well.

Can you eat a Chinese chestnut?

Chinese chestnut trees (Castanea mollissima) are medium tall trees with spreading branches. The leaves are glossy and dark green. The tree produces delicious and edible nuts called chestnuts or Chinese chestnuts. Each bur holds at least one and sometimes as many as three shiny, brown nuts.

Should chestnuts sink or float?

Tips. When placing chestnuts in the water, they should sink to the bottom. Any chestnuts that float are usually a sign that there is mold on the inside. Add herbs and spices to the pot of boiling water to flavor them.

Are Chinese chestnuts poisonous?

One thing we need to understand is that chestnuts are sweet and they are edible but conkers or horse chestnuts are poisonous, and they are not for eating purposes. Horse chestnuts may look very desirable to eat but it is toxic, and it can even cause paralysis.

Do deer eat Chinese chestnuts?

Not only do deer love Chinese chestnuts, but you will find them tasty as well. They can be eaten roasted, boiled, or sautéed.