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The chestnut

The sweet chestnut tree, a common sight in the southern Alps at altitudes of between 200 and 1000 m, was once known as the "bread tree", since chestnuts were one of the staple foods of Canton Ticino until the early Middle Ages.

Various methods were used to preserve the chestnuts, allowing them to be eaten almost all year round, one of the most common of these was a unique drying proce...

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