Economic Botany

, Volume 42, Issue 1, pp 29–36 | Cite as

Nutrient data on chestnuts consumed in the United States

  • M. A. McCarthy
  • F. I. Meredith


American chestnuts (Castanea dentata) and Chinese chestnuts (C. mollissima) grown in the United States and imported European (Italian) chestnuts (C. sativa) were analyzed for proximate, mineral, and amino acid composition. Unlike most other tree nuts, chestnuts are low in protein and fat but high in carbohydrate. American and Chinese chestnuts were higher than European chestnuts for protein, ash, crude fiber, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and copper but lower in fat. Essential amino acid patterns of chestnuts, as measured by chemical scoring, were about the same for American, Chinese, and European chestnuts.


Economic Botany Crude Fiber Limit Amino Acid American Chestnut Amino Acid Pattern 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. A. McCarthy
  • F. I. Meredith
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Nutrition Monitoring DivisionHuman Nutrition Information ServiceHyattsville
  2. 2.Richard B. Russell Agricultural Research CenterAgricultural Research Service, U.S.D.A.Athens

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