The entrance of this new product category is part of American Lorain's ongoing strategy of leveraging its leading position in the Chinese chestnut
market and its well-recognized "Lorain" brand into the more diversified and high margin snack food segment.
Dunstan saw an opportunity to save the American chestnut by grafting it to a Chinese chestnut
The chestnut, blight arrived in America from China by way of a Chinese chestnut
planted in the Bronx Zoo.
That's what motivated Paul and Long Branch to create their American Chestnut Restoration Project, which produces American and Chinese backcrossed hybrids (25 percent Chinese chestnut
to help resist the blight and 75 percent of the American species).
Castanea mollissima, the Chinese chestnut
, closely resembles its European counterpart, and is used in much the same way, while the Japanese chestnut, Castanea crenata, bears a larger, starchier nut that is more often served intact than ground into flour or meal.
The blight seems to have originated in Asia, and some trees of the Chinese chestnut
species don't even develop cankers when they encounter the fungus.
based foundation, said since 1983, the group has crossed the American chestnut with the Chinese chestnut
, which is resistant to the blight.
Some of these remaining American chestnut trees have been crossed with blight-resistant Chinese chestnut
trees as part of restoration efforts.
He understood that on his slow march toward his heavenly reward, he would spend as many years as possible growing and backcrossing the American with the Chinese chestnut
The site is also a working demonstration of edible landscape and permaculture design, featuring everything from heritage red raspberries and heirloom apples you can pick yourself to their own creation: a blend of the American chestnut and Chinese chestnut
The recently identified 40-year-old pure Chinese chestnut
trees started to drop their nuts yesterday.
The Chinese chestnut
and the blight evolved together in Asia, so the Chinese chestnut
is blight-resistant, and can contain the spread of the fungus.