Here’s a simple way to prepare an edible chestnut:
- First, preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).
- Next, use a sharp knife to carefully score the shell of each chestnut. Make a small “X” shape on the flat side of each chestnut, cutting through the outer shell and just into the inner skin.
- Once you have scored all of the chestnuts, place them in a baking dish or on a baking sheet.
- Bake the chestnuts in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, or until the shells have opened and the nuts inside are tender and fully cooked.
- Remove the chestnuts from the oven and allow them to cool slightly.
- Once the chestnuts are cool enough to handle, peel off the outer shell and the inner skin to reveal the tender, sweet nut inside.
- Enjoy the chestnuts as a snack, or use them in a variety of sweet or savory dishes.
Note: You can also cook chestnuts on a stovetop in boiling water or over an open fire. However, roasting them in the oven is a quick and easy method that results in delicious, tender chestnuts.