Information about Hybrid Chestnuts to Plant or Eat
Badgersett Neohybrid Chestnuts.
Badgersett Farm is the coldest, driest place in the world where anyone works seriously with chestnuts as a crop. A mixture of the Chinese, American, European, Japanese, and Seguin chestnut species, they are so far down the path to domestication that it is no longer possible to say "this is a mostly Chinese tree" - or any other variation. They are Neohybrids. Our population has come through test winters of -42°F, extreme drought, cold summers, hot summers, and the chestnut blight. The majority are not as large as the common European chestnuts in most supermarkets, but closely resemble the "North China" type, in size, flavor, and ease of peeling. In China; these are the most valuable.
Although chestnuts used to be more common in American cuisine, people who know what to do with them are becoming as scarce as the giant chestnut trees themselves.
- About our nuts: Basic information about Badgersett nuts and why they're special
- Why do we sell Old-Fashioned Chestnuts? Given their small size, why are they worth the trouble?
- Chestnuts & Pork: Pork from chestnut-fed pigs
Food handling instructions:
- Storing and preparing fresh Chestnuts: Basic information: Quick information for the casual Chestnut eater
- Storing and preparing fresh Chestnuts: Details for the Chestnut connoisseur: More detailed information for perfect Chestnuts
- Cooking & eating fresh Chestnuts: Roasting, boiling, microwaving, and other preparation methods
- Recipes from Badgersett Farm: Some recipes we've developed using our our own Hazelnuts and Chestnuts, for ideas and inspiration
Hybrid Chestnut Trees
Badgersett Hybrid Chestnuts are different from other chestnut trees available elsewhere. Our goal has been to produce a domesticated chestnut tree with multi-purpose traits, such as good nut production, cold hardiness, and resistance to chestnut blight.
- What is a Chestnut? Good information, even if you think you already know.
- Hybrid chestnuts and how ours stand apart: What hybrids are; how we've produced our Hybrid and the traits we select for.
- Chestnut blight resistance, growth requirements: The resistance of our trees; soil & nutrient requirements; cold hardiness.