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U-Pick Chestnuts in the hills above Palo Alto!

RWCFoodie | Nov 5, 200509:24 PM

Thursday we were driving down Highway 35 aka Skyline Blvd. when about half way between La Honda and the turn off for Highway 9 I spotted a road side sign that made me hit the brakes big time - "Chestnuts 100 yds". I flipped on my right turn signal and drove up the dirt road. I was so curious! It turns out that there is an old chestnut orchard up in the hills that someone planted maybe 100 yrs or so ago. Amazingly these were not killed off in the chestnut blight that did in most of the trees in this country. We got out, were given heavy leather gloves and 5 gallon buckets and told to wander up the road into the hilly area. The trees are quite large and scattered around the hillside. So we just started in - some good ones were on the ground, others still on the trees and some bonked us on the head as they fell! We ended up with 15 lbs. - just a bit more than I really wanted but I fell in love with the idea of fresh-picked chestnuts! They were not inexpensive, $5.00/lb (unless you bought 30 lbs or 50 lbs. where the price went down a bit). I think I heard that the land actually belongs to the county open space district. The harvest usually starts around Oct. 15 is pretty much winding down now with perhaps another 2 weeks to go. The chestnuts are not large like the ones from Italy but they are very tasty. Take a look at the website linked below - it's mostly in Chinese (I think) but one of the posts gives the actual address and directions - scroll down the page. I'm going to make a note for next year... We had fun picking and eating!


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