Book of Mediterranean Trees, Shrubs and Climbers


Castanea sativa  Sweet Chestnut
Family Fagaceae
Genus Castanea  [kas-TA-nea-a]  from Gr kastanun, a chestnut, said to be after Kastana, a district in Thessaly
Species sativa  [SAT-i-va]  cultivated i.e. for crops
Properties tree
Castanea sativa, or sweet chestnut, is a species of flowering plant in the family Fagaceae, native to Europe and Asia Minor, and widely cultivated throughout the temperate world. A substantial, long-lived deciduous tree, it produces an edible seed, the chestnut, which has been used in cooking since ancient times.
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