Chestnut trees yield nuts which are nutritionally very similar to potatoes and cereals, high in carbohydrates, low in fats and proteins, can be roasted, baked, boiled, pureed; very good for taking out in the bush and roasting over the campfire, (the smell of cooked chestnuts is very alluring) can be dried and ground into a useful flour, easy to harvest and prepare. Chestnut trees give good quantity of meat per nut. They will bear a reasonable crop on their own, and will give heavier crops with pollination from a different variety of chestnut tree.
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Seedling chestnutSeedling chestnut is a vigourous growing tree, not grafted to any variety, but this European seedling chestnut produces large sweet nuts, the kind found sold in fruit markets, seedlings are relatively quick to bear and can be a little more hardy and quick growing than grafted trees
Red Spanish chestnut
Out of stockAlso called Wandenberg, a modest bearer so no pruning needed, makes a very large nut which matures early, and tree has a reasonable drought tolerance.
Wandiligong Wonder chestnut
Out of stockWandiligong Wonder chestnut is a late harvesting variety originating in north east Victoria, good easy peeling and no need to prune the tree
Out of stockThe Marone chestnut is a large nut from WA, but originally of Italian origins, fairly upright habit, exhibiting Asian characteristics, such as fine wood and pointy buds, excellent quality
April Gold chestnut
Out of stockAn early variety from the Dandenong ranges in Victoria, originally of European origin, it produces extra large dark coloured nuts, upright habit, free falling nuts, will also bear in a subtropic climate
Emerald Gem chestnutFrom Emerald Lake area of the Dandenong Ranges, the Emerald Gem chestnut is a beautiful spreading tree – almost weeping in habit, very prolific, tends to bear heavily, distinctive orange tan coloured nut without stripes, grafted tree