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What the hack is the difference between a hazelnut and a chestnut?


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#1 KidsHappen

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Posted 20 December 2008 - 10:19 PM

I did wiki checks on them and as far as I can tell they are not related but they look very similar to me.

#2 Stacy in NJ

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Posted 20 December 2008 - 10:42 PM

Chestnuts are larger and their nuts are sorta brain shaped. Hazel nuts are smaller and smooth. Both have rather distinctive tastes, as well.

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Posted 20 December 2008 - 10:51 PM

Chestnuts come from chestnut trees; hazelnuts come from hazelnut trees. Like, duh. :rofl::rofl:

#4 Nicole M

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Posted 20 December 2008 - 10:51 PM

Chestnuts roast on an open fire and stink to high heaven. Not to be confused with horse chestnuts, which are poisonous, and drop mace-like bombs on people who happen under their branches in the fall. Bus stops, iin my city, are often situated on corners directly under horse chestnuts trees. Hazelnuts, I believe, are the ones no one wants in the can of mixed nuts, the ones you only eat if there are no cashews left. Could be wrong on that one, though.

Edited by Nicole M, 20 December 2008 - 11:05 PM.
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Posted 20 December 2008 - 11:01 PM

Isn't a filbert & hazelnut the same thing? I was raised on the East coast and we called hazelnuts, filberts and well, chestnuts are totally different. Chestnuts are much bigger, darker brown, and softer (before roasting).

#6 Melinda in VT

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Posted 21 December 2008 - 10:24 AM

Hazelnuts/filberts taste yummy and chestnuts taste blechy, of course!:lol:

(Eating roasted chestnuts for the first time was a huge disapointment. All my life I'd heard about them and thought they'd be tasty. Nope.)

#7 Nicole M

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Posted 21 December 2008 - 10:28 AM

Hazelnuts/filberts taste yummy and chestnuts taste blechy, of course!:lol:

(Eating roasted chestnuts for the first time was a huge disapointment. All my life I'd heard about them and thought they'd be tasty. Nope.)


Jack Frost nipping at your nose doesn't feel as great in real life as it sounds in the song, either.


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