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Chestnuts roasting on an open fire

chezdeniseetlaudalino Nov 12, 2008 08:00 AM

Well, we are hoping to do that very soon!

Has anyone seen any fresh chestnuts in the Bay Area?

Would love to find some.


Chez Us


  1. Dave MP Nov 12, 2008 08:06 AM

    Yes, I believe I saw them at Alemany Farmer's Market on Sat.........am not 100% sure though, but perhaps someone else can confirm.

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      Euonymous Nov 12, 2008 08:43 AM

      Yes, I've seen them at Alemany Farmers' Market for the past several weeks.

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        chezdeniseetlaudalino Nov 12, 2008 10:58 AM

        Thanks! I will have to check it out this weekend.

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          Ruth Lafler Nov 12, 2008 11:42 AM

          Saw them also this weekend at a couple of vendors at the Mountain View farmers market.

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          teaforbed Nov 12, 2008 10:55 AM

          I was at the Koreana Plaza in Oakland, (telegraph ave. and West Grand ish), and they had a weekend special for fresh chestnuts at 99cents a pound. I bet the special is still going on through the week.

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            SteveG Nov 12, 2008 11:17 AM

            Anyone know what drives the Korean love for chestnuts? I was at a tofu house in San Jose and they had huge bowls of them that they were shelling. When I asked if they were chestnuts, the nice old lady running the place really perked up, but unfortunately whatever they were going to use them for wasn't available yet when I was there.

            As an aside, the tofu house food wasn't very good...definitely took one for the team but it isn't worth writing up.

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              wolfe Nov 12, 2008 02:30 PM

              What is the good of taking one for the team if you don't let the team know what to avoid?

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            Kathleen M Nov 12, 2008 12:12 PM

            I'm in the North bay, but I bought some absolutely beautiful and delicious chestnuts at Andy's Produce, in Sebastopol.

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              ML8000 Nov 12, 2008 01:39 PM

              While not roasted on site, there's vendors in the Japantown mall around the holidays.

              Some of the Mitsuwa stores in SoCal use to have on site roasted chestnuts. Maybe San Jose does as well.

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              1. re: ML8000
                smlee Nov 16, 2008 03:04 PM

                The Mitsuwa store in SJ usually has people roasting the small chestnuts on site in the fall/winter. I was there today & they were selling the roasted chestnuts out front, but weren't roasting them on site. Also, today there was a sign saying they were Chinese Chestnuts, but they were the same small chestnuts they've had in previous years.

                675 Saratoga Ave, San Jose, CA

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                Kenois Nov 12, 2008 01:53 PM

                Do you have a proven method for roasting them? I tried a few times last year, making the X with a knife and then roasting, but I pretty much failed each time. The shells never peeled away enough to get the centers to come out, and on the rare occasion that they did, the centers just seemed to crumble. What am I doing wrong?

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                  hhc Nov 12, 2008 04:58 PM

                  from the directions I got from Skyline Chestnuts:

                  Preheat over to 350. Cut a deep "X" in the flat side of ea. nut. Arrange in a single layer on cooking sheet w/ the "X" facing up & place in preheated oven. Start checking after 8 min, once the "X" starts peeling open, they are Done! (8-12 min total cooking time). Allow to cool. Peel & Enjoy!

                  I tried it and it's true, done when they Start to Peel Open. You still need to take the outer layer off w/ a knife. It turns a light beige w/ a white inside. I've eaten a few. I can say done that, not my favorite.

                  I saw Chestnuts at Mtn View Farmers Market a bag of large chestnuts for $3 or 4 bags for $11.

                  Skyline Chestnuts for U-Pick, post here:

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                    chemchef Nov 12, 2008 05:58 PM

                    I've always boiled them for 5-10 minutes before roasting them in the oven, as per my Italian step-dad. It always works well for me.

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                    jamsine Nov 12, 2008 02:18 PM

                    The mushroom guy at the Oakland Lakeshore Farmer's Market had them Saturday.

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                      chemchef Nov 12, 2008 05:58 PM

                      Saw many at the Berkeley Farmer's market last Saturday.

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                        SPO Nov 12, 2008 09:53 PM

                        Saw them today at the SF Civic Center Farmers Market $2.00/lb.

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                          Michael Rodriguez Nov 13, 2008 06:29 AM

                          Oakland's Chinatown.

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                            sugartoof Nov 13, 2008 03:32 PM

                            If your fresh options don't pan out, the frozen seasonal ones from Trader Joe's are impressive.

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