Chestnuts have a dark outer shell that ranges in color from light brown to blackish. The outer skin is pretty thin and easy to cut with a knife. The nut inside is covered with a bitter inner skin called a pellicle, which should be peeled before eaten.
Fresh chestnuts are available from September through February. Most are imported from around the world from countries like Italy, China, Spain and Korea.
Watch how chestnuts go from field to plate in this FoodNetwork.com video.