This year has been fantastic for fruit of all varieties. Even the Sweet Chestnuts were big enough to be collected! This tree is not really native to the UK, it’s from Southern Europe, hence it is quite rare to get plenty of good sized chestnuts. I managed to collect nearly 500g and in the trusty River Cottage preserves handbook there is a recipe for chestnut jam.
I have to say that peeling the chestnuts took forever and resulted in burned fingers as you have to dunk them in boiling water first. I was on the point of giving up and abandoning the whole idea several times! I was really wondering if it was worth all the effort. Then, at the end, my husband tasted it and the look on his face told me it was.
Mont Blanc anyone?