Interesting facts about chestnuts:
Horse chestnuts are native to eastern Europe, but Louis XVI liked them so much that he had them planted in his chateau gardens, inspiring nobility throughout Europe! Which is why chestnuts adorn almost every chateau park or garden.
Chestnuts were used as horse feed, hence the name horse chestnut.
Chestnuts grow in the wild and are not treated with any chemicals.
Chestnuts are also in demand as a raw material in the pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries as they contain active substances beneficial to human health. Traditional horse ointment uses aescin as its main active ingredient, which is extracted from chestnuts.
Chestnuts in your pockets or under your pillow are said to banish stress, relieve back pain, help you get pregnant and much more! You don't have to believe us, but maybe next time you see one... :-)
And last but not least, the chestnut is the fruit of one of the most beautiful trees around.Take a look, and you might agree!
The horse chestnut is not edible - so never eat the fruit.