I'm a new writer based in Sydney, enjoying all the bits and pieces of everyday life.
How many spikes does a chestnut have?
Have you eaten chestnuts?
If so, give the chestnut picker a thought or two when you pop one into your mouth.
Last weekend, a few friends and I went to Mt. Irvine at the Blue Mountains to breathe some fresh mountain air and try our hand at harvesting our own food. The season is in full swing until mid-April and hopefully until the end of the month.
Be alert. The farm isn't visible from the entrance but the signs are more than enough.
The chestnuts had really spiky, sharp thorns much like a sea urchins. If you aren't careful, you could end up with holes all over your skin. Those on the trees aren't ripe and won't be sweet, but here's a photo for you to see how they look.
I didn't realize that chestnuts would come in singles, doubles (twins) or trios (triplets), just like babies.
Our pail was half full when we finished picking and it weighed only two kilos. We paid $16 for our loot, which were placed in a nifty net bag.
It was a wonderful day and I'd recommend it for a fun day with the family or friends. Entrance is free. They are open 7 days a week, from 9am-4pm including public holidays. Check their website Kookootonga Nut Farm for harvest updates before making plans.
Oh, one more note of warning: when squatting to pick them from the ground, watch the butt!
Here's a map taken from the Kookootonga Nut Farm website for your reference.