Chestnuts are large, rounded nuts that look a little bit like conkers. They come into season during the winter months, meaning that they are commonly associated with Christmas. They have a distinctive sweet and earthy flavour that works well in both sweet and savoury dishes, and their texture means that they are easily blended into smooth soups or stews or crumbled into casseroles or stuffings. Chestnuts are one versatile nut — so how are you going to cook yours? We've got lots of recipes below, for creamy chestnut soups, chestnut stuffings, chestnut cakes, chestnut stews and more.

About Chestnuts:

Chestnut trees, which are grown both for their wood and their nuts, are found all over the world, meaning that chestnuts are used in cuisines worldwide. They're also used as animal feed in farming, and in the wild, animals are known to seek out the chestnut tree as a food source. The outer skins and the fruit surrounding the chestnut can also be used in hair shampoos and conditioners.

Chestnuts are commonly served at Christmas, but we want you to try these versatile nuts throughout the autumn/winter seasons. They are incredibly versatile, and their flavour is delicious right throughout the cooler months — not just in December. To make the most of them, try simmering them in your favourite earthy soup, stew, or casserole, or crumble them into cakes or stuffings. Make the most out of chestnut puree by stirring it into cake batters, icing, smearing it onto biscuits or crepes or by stirring it into ice cream.