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Chestnuts are very hard to find in the US. The American Chestnut tree once made up a quarter of the hardwood trees in the US. During the 20th century, Billions of them were destroyed by Chestnut Blight. They are still an endangered species here. When I was a kid in the 1960s, there were still some growing in a few areas of the country, but they are gone, too.

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Chestnuts are very hard to find in the US. The American Chestnut tree once made up a quarter of the hardwood trees in the US. During the 20th century, Billions of them were destroyed by Chestnut Blight. They are still an endangered species here. When I was a kid in the 1960s, there were still some growing in a few areas of the country, but they are gone, too.

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I’m surprised by this, I had no idea it was so hard to find chestnut in the US.
Maybe you can buy them on line? And also the flour?
 

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A flight ticket to Italy, buy chestnuts and come back, would be less expensive 😆
I would love to go back to Italy, but not for chestnuts. I have been to most of the popular cities in Italy, but not to Torino, which is where my family is from.

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I'm sure I could find them online -- for a price $$$.

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I can get them at the giant international market where I just bought my rib roast - I saw them at the entrance to the produce department last time I was there. I have no idea what they cost, though.

They're definitely a specialty item, though, and not easy to find here. I would suspect the ones I saw are imported.
 

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There's chestnuts in all the stores here now, have been for at least a couple of weeks.
Maybe it depends where you live? Chestnuts (cooked in vac-pacs) are available all year round here and they are a first rate product. No additives, simply chestnuts.

Fresh chestnuts are seasonal (obviously). There is a big UK tradition of hot roast chestnuts being sold straight off the coals by street vendors. Its almost died out recently (sadly).
 
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The ones I've seen are fresh in the produce department. I have no idea whether or not they are available cooked as I've never looked.
 

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Elm trees were wipe out here by Dutch elm disease, but scientist developed new species of elms that are resistant to the disease -- I have one in my front yard.

But, I guess they haven't been able to do the same with chestnuts -- yet.

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