Chestnut

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A blight wiped out the American chestnut, but it didn’t kill enthusiasm for the holiday relic

Imported chestnuts at a local Italian market in Pittsburgh. Photo: Francesca Dabecco

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire is a classic image associated with the holidays, yet for many, the tradition is no more than a line in the Nat King Cole song. And while they’re still a common street food in, say, Taiwan and parts of Europe, even during the holidays, they’ve become less common in the States.

I’m a native of the Pittsburgh area, and I’ve never roasted chestnuts or even seen a live chestnut tree. …

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