WTF…WHERE ARE ALL THE CHESTNUTS?!?
Chestnuts, dried and vacuum sealed are a staple in many European grocery stores. And I see the all them time in Asia (this includes a Hong Kong 7 Eleven where their own store-brand packets were being sold). They are usually meant to be added to recipes and I have come up with a bunch of clever food combos that use them. But they are also a good addition to yogurt and cereal, and if heated up they become a tasty snack all on their own that seems truly gourmet.
Dried chestnuts are freaking healthy …for nuts, they are really low in fat. Munching on chestnuts is a whole lot better for you than munching on Corn Nuts or Nutter Butters. And for all you muesli-eating-hippies out there, these are generally preservative free and ‘chestnuts’ are listed on the packaging as the single ingredient.
But why in the Hell are they so amazingly rare here in the USA? Plus; if you do manage to find the damn things, they are insanely expensive!
So chestnuts, like certain cereals, ice cream, and various other tasty treats remain solely within reach of those lucky Europeans. I think that forever, when preparing to travel back home from overseas, I will be left leaving clothes behind so that I can stock my suitcase with bags of dried chestnuts. I feel like a damn squirrel sometimes.
Hopefully, one day, Wal-Mart will replace some of the crap on its shelves with some low-priced items that truly will help me “Save Money.” AND “Live Better.”