Chestnuts were once known in the Valais as the ‘bread of the poor’. At that time the Valais was the largest producer of chestnuts in Switzerland, along with the Ticino. Miles of beautiful chestnut forests are evidence of this, and an encouragement to long walks. The chestnut tradition is alive and well today. A big chestnut festival is celebrated in Fully every October. Over 8500 kilograms of chestnuts are roasted at numerous market stands in the village streets surrounding the church.
The Chestnut Forest
Today the chestnut forest is open to the public and is a popular destination for walks and recreational activities. In October, everyone is welcome to come pick a few chestnuts free of charge for their own consumption. Chestnut fans come from all over the country to pick the fresh chestnuts from the hundred-year-old trees. The forest produces about 200 grams of chestnuts per square metre.
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