The chestnuts from San Zeno DOP are found on the old chestnut groves in the surroundings of Lake Garda, on the slopes of Monte Baldo. They are an outstanding local product and as such enoy the status of protected designation of origin.
To qualify as a true chestnut from San Zeno DOP, the nuts need to have certain characteristics. For instance, the number of nuts per chestnut husk should not exceed 3 and the fruits themselves should have an ellipsoidal form. The so-called “Consortium for the Protection of the Marron” certifies the product’s authenticity.
The nut’s nutrients are vital for a balanced, healthy diet; they are high in starch, protein, mineral salts and vitamins.
The chestnut DOP is known for its high nutritional and energetic value, but its calory content can vary depending on the way it is prepared:
- Raw: not fit for consumption – 150 Kcal/100 g
- Boiled: more easily digestible – 120 Kcal/100 g
- Grilled: 200 Kcal/100 g
Chestnut beer is produced using this nut, a true niche product that can be bought only during the season from some of the Consortium’s firms. To offer a product year-round, the “Marroni di San Zeno DOP Canditi” have been created. Both the grappa and the syrup variant can be kept for months.
Information and photo on the website of the “Consortium for the Protection of the Marron”.
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