|Castanea Sativa (Spanish Chestnuts) are the original castanets, but they are also delicious UHG|
As this year’s prickly pears begin to disappear, the chestnuts, num nums and kei-apples are in full swing. It seems that autumn is not only mushroom season in Cape Town, but also ‘the spiky season’.
|For some folks chestnuts are a nuisance UHG|
|Inside the spiky pod are nuggets of yumminess Mans|
The chestnuts you want are on the ground, the pods turning brown where they have started to split. You can easily prize them open with your feet and carefully remove the shiny brown nubbins of deliciousness with your fingers. Once you have a full bowl in your kitchen, don’t leave them hanging about as they need to be used quickly to do them the justice they deserve.
|Aaaah! Now I know why some horses are described as chestnut colour UHG|
|Isn't that a comforting site? The smell is warm and cosy too UHG|
|How the squirrels get to the nuts is a mystery! UHG|
|If you get to the tree first, your baskets will be laden UHG|
|A nubbin of butter and a sprinkle of salt and pepper is all that is needed UHG|
|I'm already looking forward to next autumn Mans|