Chestnuts aren’t just for the holidays anymore! These amazingly sweet and moist organic chestnuts come from ancient groves of trees planted in Galician region of Northwest Spain. They are purchased from small producers throughout the region, bringing much needed economic resources to small farmers. Matiz Organic Chestnuts are a very nutritious food and lower in calories per ounce than other nuts. They are peeled and cooked and ready to serve. Try them in your stuffing for the holidays, or in soups, casseroles, salads, and desserts all year long. Better yet, keep in the fridge for a healthy snack!
The family owned company of Naiciña was established in 1972 with the goal of supporting the rural local economy, which is rich in natural and human resources but has struggled economically in today’s modern world.
In Galicia, all chestnuts come from very small farms. Previously there were very few outlets for the chestnut tree owners to sell their product and the Galician chestnut trees were at risk from land developers. Yet saving the chestnut trees is extremely important for the region, which has historically had considerable problems with forest fires. The native chestnut tree is very dense wood and burns with difficulty, thus reducing the spread of forest fires.
Naiciña’s value added products give local farmers demand for these native chestnuts, and creates quality jobs that mitigate the emigration of community members to the large cities. The company purchases direct from the producers, guaranteeing a 10% higher price than the market price. All the chestnuts purchased by Naicina are organically grown and have the NOP (USDA) organic certification. Certification was a long process, overseen and coordinated by Naicina, since the chestnuts come from hundreds of small landholders.