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SueC is looking for: (1 recommendation)
What are French Chestnuts?

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Last updated: Dec. 2, 2012 6:58 pm
Posted: Dec. 2, 2012 4:45 pm
 
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Chestnut, Lentils and Vegetable Stew

Submitted by: experimentalbakerandcook 
Hearty flavors from chestnuts, lentils, carrots, onions, garlic, and celery mingle in this European-style vegetable stew. 
Recommended by: SueC
Dec. 2, 2012 4:46 pm
This looks very good, but are french chestnuts the same as water chestnuts?
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Saveur
Dec. 2, 2012 4:50 pm
french chestnuts Marrons - chestnuts - are a treasured treat in France, used traditionally to create sweet confections and pastries, like the luxurious Marrons Glaces. A traditional ingredient of French patisserie (pastry making), these marrons are harvested and produced in the French region of Ardeche, renowned for its chestnut production. Preserved in water, in sweet syrup, as a paste or puree, these French marrons are perfect to whip up some delicious confections or to eat as a sweet treat.
 
Saveur
Dec. 2, 2012 4:51 pm
From a gourmet ingredient website...no different, Sue.
 
Dec. 2, 2012 4:52 pm
Cost Plus carries them or you can get them online. http://www.amazon.com/Minerve-Whole-Roasted-French-Chestnuts/dp/B002URUFVU
 
Dec. 2, 2012 4:54 pm
I have not purchased them but they looked very different when I saw them the other day. I stood and pondered buying them but the jar was so big I didn't think I could use them all. The jar said they would last only 3 days after opening.
 
SueC
Dec. 2, 2012 5:00 pm
So if I cannot find them, do you think I could use thw canned water chestnuts for this recipe? What part of the grocery store would they be? Thank you very much!
 
Dec. 2, 2012 5:07 pm
Water chestnuts are a vegetable and French chestnuts are not. Here is an article about English chestnuts vs French. http://www.italianfoodstory.com/en/corporate/Editorials/January2011/difference_chestnut_marron.html
 
Dec. 2, 2012 5:08 pm
Do you have a Cost Plus Imports? The store in my area has them.
 
SueC
Dec. 2, 2012 5:39 pm
Thanks, Marie. No,I don't have Cost Plus near me. I didn't think it could be interchanged, but was hoping. Weird, that a pastry type ingredient is used for this recipe, don't you think? I will try the international aisle of Price Chopper or Hannaford's Grocery store near here. Thanks for your help!
 
Saveur
Dec. 2, 2012 5:48 pm
Hi, Sue, yes, sorry, should have had a comma between "no, different" than water Chestnuts. I know they sell chestnuts at a good price at Trader Joes, no idea if they are French or not.
 
SueC
Dec. 2, 2012 5:55 pm
Thanks Saveur for responding. I will have to look around for them as this recipe has piqued my interest!
 
ConkyJoe
Dec. 2, 2012 6:58 pm
Long ago a French girl told me chest nuts were an American phenomena . . . now I know she lied to me.
 
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