From chestnut ale to chestnut ice-cream and even chestnut-fed pork, Western Australia’s largest producer of chestnuts is appealing to consumers’ tastebuds to raise awareness of the nut.
The chestnut is an old-fashioned nut, popular in Europe, Asia and America, but according to those in industry, the Australian market is yet to take off.
The domestic market in Western Australia is sustained by a handful of commercial producers.
However, in the east, where the climate is cooler, the orchards are much larger.
Linda Stanley, who with her husband John owns Chestnut Brae in Nannup, believes Australians are not educated on how to use the nut.
“We felt that going along to farmers markets would be a way of educating Australians in how to use them,” she said.
“But our customers at farmers markets tended to be Europeans and Asians who knew chestnuts.