FOWC with Fandango: Question

Marktplatz 05.09.2018

The question is what is this little red house doing on the central market place in Solothurn, a market town in Switzerland. There are even steps leading up to the house and a window at the side.

I know the answer. It is September the time when the horse chestnuts are harvested.


The are the chestnuts with a different, the ones with the spikes and they grow in the Italian speaking part of Switzerland in the South. Every town in Swtzerland has its chestnut sellers and it is usually the same family that travels to the various towns in the german and french speaking parts of Switzerland to the same place to sell them every year

Since I have been living in Switzerland, 50 years, every year in September this hut is erected on our market place and the sellers arrive, from their home in the Italian part of Switzerland, to spend the Winter selling their roasted chestnuts.

Roasted Horse Chestnut seller, Solothurn

When the season begins the house is not so lonely, but a centre point in the town. Everyone knows where to buy their roasted chestnuts and they also sell peanuts. It is amazing that in such a little house there is enough room to store the sacks of chestnuts and the roasting ovens.

Roasted Horse Chestnut seller, Solothurn

FOWC with Fandango: Question

4 thoughts on “FOWC with Fandango: Question

  1. Our chestnuts also have those spike outer skins, but the sellers remove them for us. So our chestnut trees must be related to yours.

    Last year, for the first time, I bought raw chestnuts and roasted them myself. They came out really GREAT and it was incredibly easy. Put a lot of chestnuts in a heavy, hot pan on the stove. Cook until done. Don’t burn them.

    The problem was, it turned out no one could EAT that many chestnuts. This year, I have to buy fewer chestnuts.

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    • We have the chestnuts that are not spiky and they are for animal consumption. It is only in the warmer areas where the spiky ones grow here, mainly in the Italian part of Switzerland. I have often roasted chestnuts myself, although I do not bother now.


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