If you look for Chestnut’s information, you should know that they are natives of temperature regions of the Northern Hemisphere.
In South India, many of us have not even seen this fruit, and people mostly consume it as a dry fruit.
The name of this fruit came from the edible nuts that it produces.
Now, you know the chestnut meaning and where it grows. But, it should not be confused with water chestnuts that belong to different genes.
A chestnut tree can have a moderate growth, and there are also variants that grow faster.
Those with moderate growth belong to China. Those in European and American species grow at a faster pace.
As far as Asia is concerned, China has the most chestnut cultivators. There are about 300 cultivators in this country.
The significant cultivation is from the Liaoning Province of China.
As far as India is concerned, most south Indians would not have even seen chestnuts. But, during the Colonial rule in the mid-1700s to 1947, chestnuts came to India.
The sweet chestnut is available only in the temperature parts of the Indian subcontinent. To be more specific in the lower to the middle Himalayas.
In India, Chestnuts are available in British-founded hill stations in Northern India. Also, to some extent in Nepal and Bhutan.
People view Chestnut tree as an ornamental tree in India. You can find them in botanical gardens established by the British government in India. You can also see them in government compounds. However, only in temperature parts of the Indian subcontinent.
The other countries cultivating chestnuts are China, Turkey, Italy, South Korea, Bolivia, Greece, Japan, Portugal, North Korea and Spain. These are the top chestnut producing countries in the world. The order of production might differ from one year to another.