The chestnut is a prized source of food in many cultures, most likely due to its relatively high fiber content, vitamins, minerals, and its culinary versatility. Once peeled, harvested chestnuts can be eaten raw or deep fried, but they are commonly scored and roasted, which does not require peeling. Chestnut trees and their nuts are also attractive to a wide range of wildlife, from insects to mammals, as a food source. The wood of a chestnut tree makes for an attractive and durable timber. While most native chestnut trees were wiped out by a fungus that causes chestnut blight, our chestnut varieties were specifically bred for blight-resistance so you can grow and enjoy these majestic trees.