CHESTNUT, SWEET OR SPANISH or Castanea sativa ‘is a large, deciduous tree which forms woodlands, often in the mountains, from Italy eastwards to Hungary. It is much planted and naturalised elsewhere, both as a forest and park tree growing up to 35m high. The chestnuts themselves are edible and are usually roasted; they are used in particular for flour and in confectionery (Marrons glacés),’ (Vedel, 1978).


Trees and shrubs of the Mediterranean by Helge Vedel, translated from the Danish by Aubrey Rush (Penguin Guides, 1978), p35.