Chestnuts are delicious and fragrant with a distinctive taste. They can be eaten in a variety of ways –boiled, fried or roasted, and have a unique nutritional make up which allows much more versatility than most nuts. We generally picture chestnuts as an edible yellow centre with a smooth, glossy brown outer shell. But did you know that before harvested, chestnuts are covered by a prickly shell called a burr?
Chestnut Springs is located in Gembrook, close to the famous Caridinia Reservoir Park and minutes away from the Rj Chambers Flora and Fauna Reserve. There are more than 100 chestnut trees at the orchards and they are open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in April from 10:30am to 4:30pm. However it is always best to call up before your visit to make sure you don't miss out.
You will need to bring your own pair of thick rubber gloves for chestnut picking. This is because the outer shell is very sharp and prickly and almost impossible to touch with your bare hands. It's also a good idea to bring plastic bags and wear sturdy waterproof shoes in case of rain and mud. Don't forget a bucket to carry your freshly picked chestnuts around.
Bring gloves that can protect you from the sharp pricks!
Besides the chestnut picking which is tonnes of fun already, other attractions include the giant lake in the heart of the farm where you can enjoy water activities or a quiet picnic and the farm animals that roam about who make this quiet little farm their home.
Chestnuts are unique because of their low fat and high moisture content compared to other nuts. Unlike other nuts, chestnuts are made of mostly carbohydrates which makes them more akin to a grain. They are high in fibre, low in calories and rich in complex carbohydrates and Vitamin C.