National Geographic : 1990 Feb
Wading in thousands of marrons, workers tend the chestnuts in storage cellars of the Cimini Mountains in cen tral Italy. The product of culti vated chestnuts that thrive throughout Italy, marrons are large nuts easily identified by light and dark striations on the shell. When candied, they be come a delicacy called marrons glaces (right). Most of the ex ported nuts go to France, Swit zerland, Austria, and West Germany-with lesser amounts going to the United States. Christmastime in New York City brings out vendors (left) who sell roasted Italian chest nuts by the bag.