Chestnuts are nuts with a dark brown, shiny exterior and a light brown edible interior. The meat of the nut is sweet.
There are many varieties of chestnuts cultivated from trees and shrubs; some are native to the Middle East, North America, China, Japan, and India.
The ancient Greeks obtained a type of chestnut from Asia Minor to cultivate. This type of chestnut is now known as the European chestnut.
Chestnuts have been cultivated for more than 2,000 years.
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