Follow up and contribute to all the hot stories happening at the currently hottest spot of Helsinki: Harti's chestnut-salespoint right in the centre of the Finnish capital.
Change a few words over there with your friends, acquaintances & colleagues, meet new & exiting people, enjoy the undoubtedly best glöggi in town, have the rich and flavoury Sicilian chestnuts melt on your tongue, thus leaving you truly speechless for a glamorous moment of awe and admiration...
Yes, sorry but today I am forced to stay in doors, even my weather man Schnuffi our dog does not fancy this weather. I will be back in the hut tomorrow. Anyway I will not stay without chestnuts and decided to prepare a chestnut cake and have a little quiz for you. Guess what this shoes are for?
paulajaa asked: Do I have to peel them before eating?
Yes, definitely! The shell is rather hard, but it goes off easily as soon the chestnut is cooked through.
Anonymous asked: Hi Harti,
what is good to drink with chestnuts? Schilcher maybe?
And are they fried in butter or oil?
Thanks for an answer, tom
Schilcher goes for sure very well with chestnuts - I suppose you know that wine: not everyone likes it (it can taste quite harshly). I personally like it very much (admittedly, the quality differences between the Schilchers is huge!).
The chestnuts are roasted (grilled) over a charcoal fire, no grease at all (you could roast them in the oven as well: approx. 20 to 25 minutes at 210 °C - do not forget to make a small cut with a knife into the shell before you roast them!)
Even the most sophisticated skills in frying chestnuts (which Harti undoubtedly can claim for himself) cannot perform any miracles as long as the quality of the raw material does not meet the highest possible standards! Harti’s Nut-Hut has the best, the freshest, the purest and most tasty chestnuts imported straight from the isle of Sicily.
But believe me, that is not the easiest - better say: definitely one the most dangerous - challenges Harti has to face: quite a few people know that the murderous war between the different clans of the cosa nostra actually emerged from the seasonal disputes about the best chestnut plantations on Sicily! No surprise therefore, that we find the most blood thirsty members of each family guard their botanical treasures. And they are prepared to sacrifice their lives, or rather those of the intruders: the stuff of Harti’s Nut-Hut has not only once been caught up in the line of fire…
However, Harti does not make any compromises when it comes to serving the best of the best to his customers!
Anonymous asked: Hello. Do they taste like potatoes?
Hi, not quite: they have a nutty, slightly sweet taste and a firm, crunchy texture - you definitely have to try!
Santa Claus will hold his traditional parade through Aleksanterinkatu in Helsinki on Sunday, November 21st - this is to be the official opening of the Finnish Xmas season.
Enough reason to celebrate? Not quite! Rather go for the really big happening in front of the “Stockmann” department store: Harti re-opens his notoriously famous chestnut kitchen, aka “Harti’s Nut-Hut”, right there in the very heart of the city! There is no time to waste, hurry up! The best places will be occupied latest by 2 pm. Remember: first come, first served - the early bird catches the worm!