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Radio 4 in Four - Nine bite-size facts about chestnuts - BBC Radio 4

Sunday 22:43 GMT

If you want to get into the traditional spirit and (in the words of the famous yuletide song) roast your chestnuts on an open fire, then be sure to score the skins so they don’t explode, pop them on a shovel, and place them over the hot coals.

According to legend, the tree gained its name after a Queen and her entourage of a hundred knights took shelter under its branches during a storm.

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