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Can you actually buy American chestnuts anywhere?

murphlaw152 | Nov 9, 201307:49 PM     20

My mother-in-law recently asked me to bring New England chestnuts back to California... and I was a little confused because I have only ever purchased Italian or French chestnuts, as far as I know. I vaguely remembered something about American chestnut trees being wiped out due to disease, but I know that was a long time ago. I realized that I am not quite as knowledgable on this topic as I'd like to be.

What's the deal with them now? Are American chestnuts available anywhere? Searching around online confirmed that people really only buy Italian or French chestnuts. I just went to Whole Foods and found fresh chestnuts, which stated "Origin: Italy".

If anyone has any information for me, I'd be very appreciative.

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