Amaguri: Classic Japanese Roasted Chestnuts

In Natsu Matsuri (夏祭り), or Japanese summer festivals, choosing and buying various foods at street stalls is one of the fun things.

Those food stalls are called Yatai (屋台), many of which cook foods in that place. Hence, you not only enjoy the treats, but you can also see the cooking processes.

They offer a wide variety of foods, which include what I introduce here Amaguri (甘栗), literally Sweet Chestnut.

Amaguri (甘栗)

Amaguri is a roasted chestnut. As you can see in the picture above, in the cooking, chestnuts are put into tiny heated pebbles and indirectly heated.

Amaguri Chestnuts

Amaguri vendors at festivals usually sell those roasted chestnuts in old-fashioned red paper bags that are very familiar to us Japanese.

Muki Amaguri (むき甘栗)

Muki Amaguri

On the other hand, the majority of Amaguri carried by supermarkets is Muki Amaguri (むき甘栗), using peeled chestnuts. In other words, Muki Amaguri refers to peeled, roasted chestnuts.

Muki Amaguri peeled roasted chestnuts


Muki Amaguri is a sweet treat that’s long been a favorite in Japan, but it traditionally uses small chestnuts harvested in China.

Muki Amaguri Ingredients

The one I have now is made only with organic chestnuts produced in China.


Muki Amaguri Chestnuts

Since these peeled chestnuts are free from seasonings and additives, they make the most of their natural sweetness and retain their original texture.


Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. For the purpose of enriching your life, I would like to introduce things about Japan on this blog, especially unique Japanese products, cooking recipes, cultures, and facts and trivia.

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  1. September 4, 2018

    […] you could get already peeled and roasted sweet chestnuts, you can do this […]

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