Chestnuts: Prickly on the outside, delicious on the inside

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First things first: “Chestnuts and horse chestnuts may look similar, but in botanical terms they have nothing whatsoever to do with each other,” explains Werner Anliker, a retired primary school teacher and full-time hiking guide in Bergell, in the Swiss Alps. Bergell is a high-up valley, the largest part of which belongs to the municipality of Bregaglia in the canton of Graubuenden. Autumn, when the chestnuts have matured, is all about the red-brown nuts. They are not only harvested, but even celebrated with their own chestnut festival. The difference between horse chestnuts and sweet chestnu…

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