November brings roasted chestnuts, light art and “forgotten food”

Chestnut harvest delayed by drought – and “is an unknown”

The winter tradition of seeing chestnut sellers in the streets is disappearing before our eyes. Whereas in the past, every town had chestnuts for sale on street corners in the colder months, now, due to climate change and particularly Portugal’s current drought, the very harvest of chestnuts is late. No one can predict how it will be, either. Arbórea, the principal organisation of chestnut producers, says expectations this year are not high.