Max. Height: 58cm |
☘ Origin: Asia Minor. It’s believed that the ancient Greeks were the first to introduce and cultivate Chestnuts in the Mediterranean region about 3.000 years ago.
☘ Family: Fagaceae
☘ Botanical Name: Castanea
☘ Common Name(s): Castana · Chestnut
The Chestnut, Castenea, was nicknamed "acorn of Zeus" among the Greeks. Among the Celts, the Chestnut was considered the guardian of men and animals until the new year. Surprise your dad with a original and ecological gift : give him a chestnut as strong and reassuring as him!
This tree has had a lot of symbolic meaning to those that find it in their environment and some of the symbolism of the Chestnut tree include fertility, abundance, provision, longevity, invigoration, and lots more.
Chestnut signals a time of taking on the responsibility of being a provider for ourselves, our family and our community. Chestnuts belong to the Fagaceae family of trees, which include Beech and Oak. All three genera are generous providers of life-sustaining gifts.
The botanical name Castanea comes from Castanis, an ancient city located in Turkey.
Having a food-producing plant should increase your feeling of abundance.
☘ Alexander the Great and the Roman army planted sweet chestnut, Castanea sativa, trees across Europe to insure a staple food source for their troops. Sweet chestnuts can live to be more than 2,000 years old. Sweet chestnut is native to Europe and Asia Minor. The word sativa in Latin means “cultivated.”
☘ Japanese Chestnut, known as “kuri”, were in cultivation before rice, possibly as early 15,000 BCE. Their sweet, edible nuts are an important part of the New Year’s menu for they represent both success and hard times.
☘ American Chestnuts were staples in the diets of native people for thousands of years, where they blanketed eastern North America. Unfortunately, 3–4 billion American chestnut trees were destroyed by chestnut blight between 1900 and 1950. The blight-resistant Japanese and Chinese chestnut, Castanea mollissima, are now the most commonly planted species in the United States.
☘ Chestnuts remain a good source of antioxidants, even after cooking. They are rich in gallic acid and ellagic acid - two antioxidants that increase in concentration when cooked. Antioxidants and minerals like magnesium and potassium help reduce your risk of cardiovascular issues, such as heart disease or stroke.