Harvesting sweet chestnuts

The crisis has adversely affected agriculture in the Spanish countryside the same as in any other industry, with prices for local produce plummeting in recent years. But the sweet chestnuts harvested here every Autumn are one exception, and they still provide a good source of income for many people in the Genal valley.

Roasted castañas are enjoyed by all at the annual Tostóns (small village ferias where the much-loved nuts are toasted and celebrated around the valley at this time of year). The chestnut liquor made and served in Alpandeire´s Casa Grande hotel and restaurant is a fine example of how creative you can get with local produce!

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