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Buy fresh chestnuts in Dublin

  • 23-10-2022 4:46pm
    Registered Users Posts: 34 oppy30

    Hi all, does anyone know where I could buy fresh chestnuts in the Dublin area?

    I used to find them at some Lidl and sometimes M&S in the city centre until a few years ago. I haven't been able to find them there lately. I have occasionally found some at some Polonez or other foreign food store, but very old and bad quality.


  • Registered Users Posts: 77,881 ✭✭✭✭Atlantic Dawn

    Not seen them anywhere on sale.

    In olden days you could go to a park with the trees and take them down by throwing sticks up at them, now that would probably get you a month in Mountjoy. St Anne's Park in Raheny has lots of them.

    Id often see them freshly fallen after a storm too, no idea of the edibility of them, never tried.

  • Registered Users Posts: 82 ✭✭ucsie

    Got some at Lotts & co a few days ago. The South Lotts st one, but I think they have a couple other locations.

  • Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators Posts: 4,562 Mod ✭✭✭✭Tree

    Those are horse chestnuts. Eating chestnuts are different (and very good)

    Maybe Fallon and Byrne would have them?

  • Registered Users Posts: 77,881 ✭✭✭✭Atlantic Dawn

    Cheers, I might have ended up trying them and doing myself some damage 😁.

  • Registered Users Posts: 809 ✭✭✭Jellybaby_1

    There were sweet chestnuts in parks in the last few weeks, all over the ground. We saw an elderly man with a bag looking through the shells, most of which were empty. We were too late to harvest them as the squirrels got there before us, probably just as well really as they need them more than we do. You need to be able to tell the difference between horse chestnuts and sweet chestnuts though. If you read up on them you should be more informed for next year.

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  • Administrators Posts: 52,187 Admin ✭✭✭✭✭awec

    You can usually get them in the artisan grocer style places.

  • Registered Users Posts: 21,199 ✭✭✭✭Alun

    Firstly horse chestnuts (conkers) are poisonous, do NOT eat them!

    Secondly, while there are plenty of sweet chestnut trees around Ireland if you know where to find them, you rarely find any chestnuts of any size that are worth picking. I don't know why, maybe it's down to our climate or something.

  • Posts: 8,856 ✭✭✭ Annie Delicious Vibraphone

    Dunlaoghaire Sunday market- People Park- Vegetable stall - had them 2 weeks ago, if that helps but as others said, artisan veg suppliers will likely have them too and Fallon and Byrne or maybe Avoca food could be good bets if close by

    PS- Dunaloghaire market also had the most delicious roasted almonds - expensive mind but wow such a treat- well recommended - get double what you think you'll eat- trust me!!!

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,351 ✭✭✭Thephantomsmask

    In Cork, the Polish supermarkets have them. My Portuguese friends buy them in Mercury cash and carry.

  • Registered Users Posts: 15,944 ✭✭✭✭the beer revolu

    Lidl have them at the moment.

    Kinda expensive and a bit dried up looking, though.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 7,821 ✭✭✭Gloomtastic!

    Fresh Market in Marino have them.