Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Washington DC & Baltimore >
Nov 7, 2007 12:19 PM

Shelled Chestnuts

Does anyone have a clue as to where I can buy shelled chestnuts in the Metro-DC area (pref Virginia, although I can drive)? They are called for in a recipe I want to make, but I can’t find them anywhere. I have already checked FSW, Harris Teeter, Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods. Any thoughts? I don’t want to buy them online because then I will have to buy a ton of them.

Any information would be greatly appreciated!

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. I'm a little confused by your post. Are you looking for walnuts or chestnuts?

    If it's walnuts I'm pretty sure they have them at Whole Foods. You might want to call or check the P Street Whole Foods because I'm almost positive I've seen these in the past. There is a huge nut section at WF with all types of items.

    Also I've seen them in various grocery stores, including Safeway in the bakery aisle.

    If none of those work, try calling Dean and Deluca in Georgetown. Sometimes they have specialty items.

    If it's chestnuts you are looking for I recently saw shell on chestnuts at Whole Foods. I tried looking for chestnuts for a ravioli recipe this past winter and all I could find was chestnut spread or something along those lines...certainly not the same thing but still tasty.

    1. You can buy shelled Chestnuts at any Chinese grocery. They come in little vacuum sealed packages and are relatively inexpensive.

      I know for a fact that they carry them at the Kam Sen grocery in Annandale.
      4316 Markham Street
      Annandale, VA 22003

      2 Replies
      1. re: Torina

        The Korean groceries, such as Super H, have them too.

        1. re: Torina

          i've also seen them in vacpacs at Great Wall in Falls Church, across from the Super H.

          1. You can find jars of them at William Sonoma, a bit pricey but better than the vacuum packed ones in the korean grocery stores.

            1. I saw jars of them at the Harris Teeter in Ballston last week. They weren't in an aisle, though. I saw them as part of a special holiday items display near the dairy/eggs, along with a myriad of other holiday foods/gifts.