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Spiky on the outside, tasty on the inside

South Tyrol’s superstar: chestnuts aka Keschtn

Wonderfully knobby chestnut trees line countless hiking paths in the low mountain ranges of South Tyrol. In autumn, when the days get shorter and nature puts on its most colourful dress, they let their fruit drop: Keschtn as we like to call this culinary delight here in South Tyrol. Incidentally, we owe this treat to the Romans, who brought it from Greece to Italy. The oldest showpieces can be admired in Valle Isarco/Eisacktal on the idyllic Keschtnweg trail, which leads in several stages from the Neustift monastery to Renon/Ritten. Along the way, numerous farms invite you to enjoy a traditional Törggele feast.

Once a poor people's meal, Keschtn have become a true superstar of the local cuisine in recent years. From chestnut soups and chestnut risotto to chestnut hearts – our chefs conjure up numerous dishes from the spiky fruit that appeal to every taste buds. You will encounter the famous Keschtn not only in the kitchen, but also during our Familix Nature Programme and at numerous events throughout the country – such as the Keschtnriggl, the Chestnut weeks in Tisens-Prissian, Völlan and Lana, the Keschtnigl weeks in Feldthurns or the Chestnut weeks in Jenesien.