If the chestnut is part of the collective imagination in the Cevennes, it is because its history in our region is thousands of years old.
It was already consumed in the Middle Ages in the valleys of Gard and Lozère. Rich in vitamins, minerals and especially carbohydrates, this fruit has enabled the Cevennes to avoid many periods of dearth that have affected the neighboring regions. Hence its nickname, “the breadfruit tree”!
The chestnut was cooked in soup, it was reduced to flour, it was used to feed the livestock … The cultivation of chestnut trees thus allowed many families to live, especially during hard times!”