New Yorkers are reportedly losing their taste for chestnuts. Less and less are buying these once-upon-a-time traditional treats, let alone roasting them on an open fire. Where once the fragrant scent of roasting chestnuts (along with exhaust fumes) emanated from the stoves of sidewalk vendors throughout the city each Christmas season, that delectable fragrance is quickly becoming a mere memory.
“The simple answer is that few people have the taste for roasted chestnuts. Not Americans anyway – not even New Yorkers,” he said. “Hence the chestnuts are in the touristic areas of the city.”
Nevertheless, some New Yorkers (like my wife and I) buy them more for the memories they inspire rather than for the taste. Like the out-of-towners, we’re often willing to pay any price (and chestnuts are expensive now) to retrieve the invaluable Christmases of song and of childhood; many of us are in constant search of such precious morsels.
- Warm your soul with roasted chestnuts! (cathiefilian.blogspot.com)
- How to roast chestnuts on an open fire (or in the oven) (mnn.com)
- Roasting Chestnuts (wholefoodsmarket.com)
- Why You Don’t See Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire These Days (chicagoist.com)