Châtaignes is the French for "sweet chestnuts" made into various desserts (Marron Glace) and even to an alcohol or aperitif called Crème de Châtaigne. Châtaignes grow abundantly in Lot Valley and Ardèche in Rhones Alpes Region of France. Châtaigne the singular form of Châtaignes is pronounced "shah-tah-nyuh". In the Philippines, my home country, cooked sweet, roasted chestnuts are one of the best treat for Christmas. I remember when I was a little girl, I can only eat roasted chestnuts during Christmas time. My siblings love them, too. Roasted chestnuts always remind me of my childhood and my late father who never failed to bring home roasted chestnut for our Media Noche (Christmas eve meal) no matter how very, very expensive they are. Here in Germany, during winter time, I only have to go to Hauptbahnhof (the main train station) of my city and there is a small stand in front of it selling freshly roasted and hot "Marrons". I never miss that opportunity, eating them one by one makes me feel I am home châtaigne Sweet chestnuts growing abundantly in the Aveyron Pronounced: shah-TAH-nyuh Latin: Castanea sativa Gender: f Language: French Ethnicity: French Most frequent country: France See places: French food and cuisine

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