Collect and roast Sweet Chestnuts
Nothing beats the smell of roasting chestnuts
Find these brown treasures by their prickly green cases on the woodland floor. Once roasted, they make tasty treats. Don’t confuse them with conkers which have a different case (more solid spikes) and very different leaves. A good technique for freeing the nuts from their sharp-needled shells is to use your foot (with shoe!) to 'press and roll' over the nuts and they should pop out easily.
How to roast Sweet Chestnuts
- Fresh chestnuts must always be cooked before use and are never eaten raw, owing to their tannic acid content.
- Make a small incision in the skin or you'll have a house full of chestnut shrapnel as they will explode.
Not sure where to go?
Our map will give you a few ideas of woods to visit.