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picking chestnuts properly (and our ideas for places to easily find them)

To differentiate chestnuts from horse chestnuts, look at their shell and the shape of the fruit. The first has a brown bug with long prickles and the fruit inside is small and almond or heart shaped. The base is more or less crushed.

On the other hand, the horse chestnut is covered with a thick green bug with small and thick peaks. The fruit is bigger and rounder than the chestnut and when a chestnut bug can contain 3 or 4, the horse chestnut is alone in its bug.

Another clue, the two fruits do not grow at all in the sam  howtoincreasedomainauthority  e environments. Horse chestnut is found in cities, streets or parks, while chestnuts are found in forests, woods or orchards.

Now that you know how to get it right, it's time to find out where to pick chestnuts!

Where to collect chestnuts?

In France, there is no shortage of this nut. They grow in Ardèche, Île-de-France, Alsace, Auvergne, Hauts-de-France, Pays-de-la-Loire, Languedoc-Roussillon, in short everywhere. To find them, you just have to go into the forest and take some equipment to make your job easier.

Note, however, that several tourist offices offer outings to pick chestnuts with a guide and learn more about the fruit. Here are some upcoming events:

What material to collect chestnuts?

Chestnuts are stinging so it is not pleasant to handle them with bare hands. Here is a list of accessories to think about when picking in the forest:

• A pair of gardening gloves

• A bag or basket to store the harvested fruit

• High shoes or boots so you don't get stung when walking on bugs

How to properly collect chestnuts?

If you are in high season, hundreds of bugs should litter the earthy forest floor. All you have to do is bend down to pick up as much as you can. However, remember to check that they are ripe: the bug must be brown and half-open.

How to prepare chestnuts before cooking them?

Once back home, do not delay taking care of your harvest otherwise animals (especially worms) faster than you could have a blast. If you don't have any ideas on what to do with it yet, don't panic. We give you our favorite proposals right after.

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