Chinese chestnut facts

Chinese chestnut is a deciduous tree which is cultivated as an ornamental tree and edible nuts. The leaves are about 6 inches (15 cm) long with coarsely toothed margins. Female flowers produce from 1 to 5 edible nuts which is enclosed in a burr release 1 inch (2.5 cm) nuts at maturity. Chestnut trees prefer acidic and loamy well-drained soils. They are tolerable to sandy, dry soils and drought.

Name Chinese Chestnut
Scientific Name Castanea mollissima
Native Native to China, Korea and Taiwan. It got introduced in 1853 and 1903.
Common/English Name Chinese chestnut, Chinese hairy chestnut, châtaignier de Chine, chinesische Kastanie, shinaguri , Rōmaji castaño chino
Name in Other Languages French: châtaignier de Chine;
Chinese: kuili;
Germany: Chinesische Kastanie;
Italy: castagno cinese;
Valencian, Catalan: Castanyer xinès;
Hungarian: Kínai gesztenye;
Japanese: Shina Guri;
Russian: Kashtan Miagchaishii;
Spanish: Castaño Chino;
Turkish: Çin kestanesi;
Vietnamese: Dẻ Trùng Khánh
Plant Growth Habit Coarse textured, rounded, low branched
Growing Climate Hot, dry
Soil Well-drained
Plant Size 40-60′
Leaf Alternate, simple, pinnate, ovate-lanceolate, dark green, Length: 10-30 cm; Width: 4-10 cm
Flowering Season June
Flower Fragrant, showy, pale yellow or cream, Length: 4-20 cm
Fruit shape & size Spiny cupule, 4-8 cm diameter
Fruit color Shiny brown
Flavor/aroma Mild, subtle
Fruit Taste Sweet
Major Nutritions (Raw) Manganese, Mn 0.454 mg (19.74%)
Copper, Cu 0.103 mg (11.44%)
Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid) 10.2 mg (11.33%)
Carbohydrate 13.91 g (10.70%)
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) 0.116 mg (8.92%)
Magnesium, Mg 24 mg (5.71%)
Iron, Fe 0.4 mg (5.00%)
Vitamin B9 (Folate) 19 µg (4.75%)
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 0.051 mg (3.92%)
Phosphorus, P 27 mg (3.86%)
Health Benefits
  • Metabolism of Glucose
  • Maintains sugar level
  • PMS syndrome
  • Treats epilepsy
  • Thyroid function
  • Treat arthritis
  • Slows the ageing process
  • Enhance immunity
  • Common cold
  • Skin health
Calories in 1 oz (28.35 g) Raw 64 Kcal.