Their crisp white flesh has a mildly sweet flavor and a crunchy texture that is actually closer to apples than to any kind of nut. The water chestnut grows underwater in mud.
Peak from early summer through late fall.
Water chestnuts should be smooth, hard, and free of soft spots. Choose the largest ones.
Store unwashed and unpeeled in a plastic bag in the refrigerator crisper for up to two weeks. Place peeled water chestnuts in a bowl of cold water and refrigerate for up to two days.