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How To Harvest and Store Chestnuts


Chestnuts are typically harvested mid-September through November, and are one of the easiest nut varieties to prepare for storage. Pull on a pair of work gloves, and give it a try.

Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: Depends on the size of the harvest

Here's How:

  1. Wait for the chestnuts to fall to the ground.
  2. Then, gather up all of the nuts with open burrs. (You'll definitely want gloves for this job.)
  3. Remove the nuts from the burrs, and discard any with worm holes or other signs of damage.
  4. Then, promptly store the chestnuts in air-tight containers, and refrigerate or freeze.


  1. Try to gather the chestnuts as soon as they fall to the ground. This will preserve the quality of the nuts, and minimize loss to squirrels.
  2. In-shell chestnuts will keep in the refrigerator for a month or in the freezer for a year.

What You Need:

  • Work gloves
  • Buckets
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