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THE CHESTNUTS


The chestnut picked in the chestnut woods of Treglia is called "ufarella". This kind have a size smaller than other ones and its rind has more glossiness. Even if it is raw, we can pell it easily; it is much tasty and therefore it is used to prepare the sweets.
In the old times, the chestnuts were called "the bread of the poor people" because they had an easily possibility of finding; grilled or boiled, they replaced the bread. Today, the chestnuts satisfy the requirements of a sound feeding because they can be cultivated in biological way.
From the viewpoint of the nutrition, the chestnuts are similar to the wheat and the rice. Therefore, they are called "the cereal that grows an the trees". They have a high percentage of starch and a short percentage of water. They have a lot of calories, vitamins (B1, B2 and PP), phosphorus, iron and mineral salts, especially the potassium wich helps to regularize the blood pressure.
The chestnuts are laxative because they content many fibre and they can generate swilling; if we don't overeat them, we reduce these collateral effects. The infusion obtained by the leafs can calm the cough and the decoctions obtained by the fruit and the rind have anti-diarrhoeic properties. The diabetics and the sufferers from liver disease should eat them moderately.

 

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