Thursday, 18 October 2012

Autumn = Chestnut

Kuri or chestnut. One of those thing I love about autumn. Autumnal food. Love mushrooms too and of course persimmons but we'll talk about that later, yeah?
Recycling one of Bassho's haiku of autumn and chestnut :

Departing autumn
with hands spread open
chestnut burs
Things I love about autumn in one serving. Colourful leaves, chestnut and mushrooms on a bed of rice!

You can enjoy chestnut rice, chestnut soup, ice cream, cakes, manju, confetions, just boiled chestnut or chesnut liquer. They are all yummy!


Chestnuts; I read smoewhere, represents success and hardship; mastery and strength.  The Japanese chestnuts were cultivated long before rice!  They are highly nutritious and seemed to have been the staple food of early Japanese dwellers. Even after rice and other form of plants were cultivated on the islands of Japan, chestnuts remain as an important crop. They also can serve as emergency famine crop when rice crop failed.

Such an interesting nut, eh? :)

Gah! Now I'm making ME drool over the photos. Must. go. find. some. chestnut. Hmm... roasted chestnut eaten in this rainy days we're having right now sounds nice. Whaddya think? ^^

21 comments:

  1. I love chestnuts too. In Corsica they make flour out of them and use it instead of regular flour. It is a folk thing but they still do it and it makes for very interesting and tasty food.

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  2. Oh, 松茸 is my favorite but I can't often eat them because it's expensive. :(

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    1. that makes eating them such a treat, right? ^^

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  3. Yes, kuri are an Autumn favourite in Japan and are used in so many different Autumn dishes. kuri gohan is always a favourite with the whole family :)

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    1. I want some kuri-gohan now. uhuhu...

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  4. I didn't know chestnuts at all until I came to Japan, and then it was love at first bite. (I'm talking about roast chestnuts; I've never been a fan of Mont Blanc dessert.)

    Autumn really does have gorgeous food, including fruit. I'm gorging myself on grapes and pears and persimmons every day. Yum. ^^

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    1. You have to mention the fruits. Hmph.

      Time to recycle autumn fruit photos soon! xD

      Really. No chestnut until you arrived to Japan? Really? Really?

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    2. Really. Macadamias, cashew nuts, almonds, peanuts = yes. Chestnuts = no. Chestnuts might be a northern hemisphere thing?

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    3. A bit of googling is in order to answer this? ;)

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  5. Oh you equate autumn with chest nuts..Bananaz would think of maple leaves carpeting the earth.

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    1. Autumn for me :
      Autumn leaves
      Persimmon
      Chestnut
      Mastusake
      In that order
      :)

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    2. Can't wait for dried persimmons! I love that stuff.

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  6. i thought chestnuts are pretty easily and conveniently available nowadays?? just go to supermarket and you can buy a packet of peeled chestnuts (made in china of course), ready to eat..

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    1. I'm talking in context of autumn season in Japan mah!

      Each season has its own special highlights especially with food. :)

      Haish... you also can get roasted chestnut everyday at Jusco what, with Bangla selling it. ;p

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  7. Hi! Japanese cliche says, Peach and chestnut in three years,persimmon in eight years. It means we can eat fruits of peaches and chestnuts in 3 years after planying but it takes 8 yeras for persimmon.
    Studying English,we would say it takes 3 years to master about prepositions,8 years about articcles and difinite articles.
    English is very difficult for us.

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    1. Japanese particles (助詞) are much more difficult than English articles! (>_<)

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    2. I'm still very much clueless about English. Adjectives, noun? Wots that? o.O

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  8. I wonder if I could turn those chestnuts into chestnut ice-cream! :D Yummi!

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