Kortscher Keschtn, the chestnuts from Corzes/Kortsch,
have upheld their great reputation in Venosta Valley up to today. The chestnut tree is one of the most fascinating and characteristic elements of the lower Venosta Valley cultural landscape
. The noble fruit in their spiky shell, that grows in the historic groves around St. Ägidius
, is in high demand during the Törggele season
in autumn after the harvest. They are roasted in a pan under the open sky on an open fire, and in the markets delicious Krapfen and chestnut bread are offered.
South Tyroleans have a special bond with the chestnut. In the lean years of the past centuries, the noble fruit was even served as a staple food, because most everything can be made out of the chestnut and chestnut flour,
i.e. bread, cakes, honey, pastry, pasta, gnocchi, polenta or coffee substitute. As a protein supplement in times of food-crisis, chestnuts ensured the survival of the population. Thus, the fruit is today paid grand tribute to after the harvest time with a great feast during Törggelen