The Castione chestnuts
The harvest of this type of chestnut, cultivated with natural methods, takes place directly on the plants, where expert “batitori” climb to beat the chestnut husk with long poles and then make them fall to the ground.
In the woods of Castione in the Monte Baldo Park, where also the Chestnuts Festival takes place, Feast, there are about 2,500 plants, some with over three hundred years old, from which large, heart-shaped, sweet-tasting fruits with fine grain are collected. Here the rural environment is in perfect harmony with the naturalistic resources of the place, represented by floral and botanical essences, by ancient beech woods as well as by high altitude pastures.
From the processing of chestnuts, combined with the flavours of local wines and the warmth of the fireplace in autumn, are born some unique recipes and products, such as chestnut noodles, chestnut beer, and, to round off the famous chestnuts-liquor called “Marroncino di Castione”.