The Washington Chestnut Company offers fresh
chestnuts for sale right from the
farm in northwest Washington State. Orders can be shipped to anywhere in the
USA. Chestnuts grown in Northwest Washington experience a cool growing season
resulting in sweeter chestnuts, just like the chestnuts from the mountains in
France and Italy. The cool growing season also has the chestnut trees hold on
to the nuts much longer than warmer growing areas. Later falling chestnuts is
good for you because the chestnuts will not have been in cold storage for
weeks, giving you the freshest chestnuts possible.
We use best practices methods to manage the orchard and the delivery of the
fresh chestnuts to you. Our most important best practice is to help you enjoy
chestnuts to their fullest. We look forward to being your chestnut farm of
choice when you are in the market for fresh chestnuts.
Enjoying fresh chestnuts in your diet is a great choice. Chestnuts are low in
fat, gluten free, high in fiber, and they taste great. It is hard to find a
better tasting food item than fresh chestnuts. Chestnuts are also a very
versatile ingredient for many types of dishes aside from just eating it fresh
from the roaster. From soups to salads, main dishes, and even deserts,
chestnuts can be a part of each and every one. To get started using chestnuts
in your culinary dishes, order some chestnuts right from the farm where the
chestnuts are grown by placing your order today.
This is our
order form or you can call us toll free at 1(877) 966-7158.
Chestnut trees for sale directly from the grower.
Thinking about growing your own chestnut trees? It takes from 3 to 12 years
for a chestnut tree to start producing chestnuts. Also, chestnut trees require
at least 2 pollen producing trees to produce nuts. So plan on having at least
2 chestnut trees. You will also need a little room. Each chestnut tree needs
about 30 feet from any other tree or shade producing structure. And one other
thing, do not plant chestnut trees in clay soil. We currently have chestnut
seedlings of American chestnut trees and European hybrids for sale. Grafted
chestnut trees are availalbe for sale for these chestnut cultivars:
Bisalta #3, Belle Epine, Colossal, Marigoule, Marival, Precoce Migoule and
about 30 more grafted cultivars
(see our products page for more info). If you wondering which chestnut trees
are best for you, our chestnut cultivars page
has a write up discussing many of the chestnut trees that can be grown
in the Pacific Northwest.
November 9, 2014 - Selection a Chestnut Cultivar
The perfect chestnut tree for one chestnut producer may not be the perfect
chestnut tree for someone else. How does someone just starting out with their
initial planning a commercial chestnut farm get started? This article titled
"Chestnut Tree Perfection: The Selection of a
Cultivar" is a great place to start.
October 10, 2014 - Evaluating a New Cultivar
We propagate so many chestnut trees one would think we would come across a
chestnut tree that produces better chestnuts than the parents. Almost all the
cultivars we have in our inventory are "large and sweet" so to get a chestnut
that is better than what is already available is a long shot. This year we do
have a new tree worth giving more attention to. While evaluating this new tree
we will give it a name of Aywonko (A 1 ko). Beyond the sweet and large, this
chestnut has a great traditional European texture and a great chestnut flavor.
On the down side, this year the nuts are difficult to peel. We will keep
Aywonko around for a few years to see if the difficulty in peeling goes away
with the age of the tree.
August 10, 2013 - Making Super Star Chestnut Trees
Remember those days when we were kids, we would say things like, "I want to be
a movie star", "I want to be a fireman", "I want to be a model", "I want to be
anything as long it is something special". Most chestnut trees are born from a
seed resulting in what we call a seedling. Being called a "seedling" doesn't
sound like something special, especially when we call some of the super
Read the entire Making Super Stars article
June 12, 2013 - Nursery tree production tops 5,000 chestnut trees
This year Washington Chestnut Company completed propagation
of over 5,000 chestnut trees. For those people who have been waiting for the
Marrone chestnut trees, the trees look good this year and we will be able to
ship your trees late this fall. We are already working on our propagation plan
for 2014, since we have to pack away enough chestnuts this fall to start the
new trees. Our current plan is to increase production in 2014 to 8,000 trees.
Starting in 2014 we will begin research into clonal propagation of rootstocks
with the hopes to find chestnut rootstocks well adapted to many chestnut tree
cultivars and growing conditions. Even though we have several candidate
rootstocks to start working with, the process of trialing and monitoring
results will take many years. The reason why there are only a few commercial
nurseries producing chestnut trees is because of the low yields on grafted
chestnut cultivars. With a clonal rootstock the yields should be able to be get
closer to the yields achieved by the apple tree nurseries.
January 13, 2013 - Grouping and Sorting Chestnut Tree Cultivars
Selecting chestnut trees for your orchard can be a daunting task with so many
different chestnut tree cultivars to choose from. This article might help you
find the perfect selection for your orchard by grouping chestnut trees by
some of the characteristics chestnut orchardist use to select their chestnut
trees. Grouping Chestnut Trees
Washington Chestnut Company is a producer of fresh chestnuts from its orchard
operations and chestnut trees from its nursery operations. The nursery
operations offers over 30 named chestnut cultivars to commercial chestnut
producers, retail garden and nursery stores, and direct sales to the public.
Chestnut Harvest Begins - Sept 8, 2015
We are now shipping fresh chestnuts for the 2015 harvest. Aside from a big
wind storm on Aug 29th, the growing season has been one of the best in a long
time. The chestnut burrs look larger this year than in the past 4 years. This
is a good indicator of the extra large size of the nuts this year.
Chestnut Seed Orders - Sept 2, 2015
If you are considering ordering seed nuts this year, it is time to get your
order placed. With over 30 cultivars to keep track of, we only set aside nuts
for seed as we move through the harvest season and only enough to cover
existing orders. You only have until September 14th to place your order for
Harvest Forecast - Aug 20, 2015
As we near our harvest for 2015, the chestnut trees are looking great and the
chestnuts developing in the burrs are ahead of last year by about two weeks.
This year's harvest is likely going to start about September 10 and finish
about October 25. We are forecasting a harvest a little larger than last year
by about 20%. The average nut size will remain about the same as prior years.
If chestnuts are an important part of your traditions, you might want to get
your order in early as we are seeing a much higher demand for our fresh
chestnuts as compared to prior years.
Chestnut burrs nearing harvest time
Nursery Update - Aug 20, 2015
This has been a great growing season. Some of our seedlings started from seeds
this spring have reached a height of over 6 feet tall. We were able to increase
the availability of the Maraval, Marigoule, and Marsol pollen producing grafted
This growing season has been one of the best in many years. Some of our
seedlings have reached a height of over 7 feet since being planted from seed
this spring. Our grafted trees are also doing very well with a few of the trees
growing taller then any prior year.
Our nursery orders are filled on a first come, first served basis. If you are
considering ordering chestnut trees from us this year, you might want to order
as early as possible so your order gets filled in full and there are no
Blight Resistant American Chestnut Trees
Over the years people have called asking if we have the kind of American
chestnut trees that is blight resistant. After consulting with the experts we
have decided we will not propagate these trees. The primary reason is the seed
and plant tissues would have to come from the Eastern USA where there are bad
bugs, blight, and a few other things we never want to see in our orchards. The
only place to get these trees is from the American Chestnut Foundation.
Taking Chestnuts into Canada
Residents of Lower British Columbia are allowed under NAFTA to bring fresh
chestnuts produced in Washington state to Canada. We work closely with the
Ag inspectors to make sure our chestnuts meet all requirements to allow you to
enter Canada with fresh chestnuts. If you would like to pick up some fresh
chestnuts from us please call ahead so we can have your order
ready for you when you arrive. Our phone number is (360) 966-7158.
What to do with chestnuts
Chestnuts are an incredible food item. Some people eat them raw, but most
eat them cooked, kind of like potatoes. We all have heard of people who will
eat a potato raw. Well there are people who eat chestnuts raw too. Chestnuts
must be stored properly between the time the chestnuts are harvested to the
time the chestnuts are consumed. For details about the important handling,
preparing and cookng of chestnuts see our page on
storing and preparing chestnuts.
Washington Chestnut Company
6160 Everson Goshen Rd.
Everson, WA 98247
Ph: (360) 966-7158
Fax: (360) 966-7994