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 Guild
In addition to the two cultivators, the forest is also cared for and maintained by a guild (www.cheschtene-zunft.ch). The guild has 170 members, including more than 100 from the municipality of Mörel-Filet.
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