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Chestnuts have a wide range of uses. They can be boiled, roasted, ground into flour, used as a side dish or a salad ingredient. Chestnuts are gluten-free, so their flour is suitable for coeliacs, and they make a suitable replacement for wheat. Chestnuts were once considered the bread of the poor, little did they know that their diet was so healthy! Whether boiled, raw or roasted, according to Hildegard, the chestnut has a subtle effect on the human organism: ‘The chestnut tree is very hot but has great power mixed with that heat. It symbolises discretion. The virtue in it, and its fruit, is useful against all infirmity in a human being’.