Trucco focused on importing chestnuts into the U.S.
For Trucco, chestnuts are truly special. The company has imported and distributed Italian chestnuts throughout the U.S. for almost six decades. Its TruStar Italian Chestnuts from the Campania region are highly coveted and only available during the autumn, from October through December. The aroma of roasted chestnuts is, for many, the smell and flavor of the holiday season in the U.S.
The story of how this special nut has earned its place as a staple of holiday season cheer begins on the ancient hillsides of Campania, an Italian region renowned for growing some of the highest quality chestnuts in the world. It is a tradition that has been passed down from generation to generation. Italy’s love affair with chestnuts dates as far back as the time of Ancient Rome when chestnuts were used in trade as a form of currency. The nut was an important staple in the regional diet, especially when crops were affected by poor weather and people relied on them as a source of sustenance and energy. Over time, chestnuts evolved into a delicacy.
The Campania region has all of the conditions required — altitude, climate and the age of the trees — to produce a perfect crop of chestnuts year after year. They are grown in Campania and harvested by local farmers only when they fall from the trees. They are gathered up solely by hand and prepared for export using traditional methods.
This holiday season, consumers can serve their guests something truly special at the holiday table. Chestnuts are delicious on their own as a healthy snack and can be roasted or used as an ingredient in many sweet and savory holiday dishes. Roasted chestnuts can be chopped and add to cakes, cookies, salad and soup.
While the aroma of roasted chestnuts is undeniably associated with warm, festive good cheer, chestnuts are nutritious as well. One serving (about five chestnuts) is just 103 calories, with one gram of fat and zero cholesterol. Chestnuts are also high in protein, vitamins and fiber.
Roasted chestnuts taste sweet, with a rich, earthy flavor and a starchy texture similar to a baked potato. They are best when they are freshly roasted or cooked. However, fresh chestnuts can be stored in the refrigerator for 3-4 days and still be enjoyed. Chestnuts are a delicacy that have survived the test of time, and even today, the intermingling aromas and tastes of roasted chestnuts, freshly baked cookies, pastries and espresso are enough to fill anyone’s soul with pleasurable memories on a cold Autumn-Winter night.