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Roasted chestnut cart in Lisbon

Chestnuts in Portugal.

The streets of Lisbon are alive with commerce, much of it tourist-oriented. This man is one of the many hawking roasted chestnuts.

Roasted chestnut cart in Lisbon.

At two Euros per bag, they can't be called cheap (very little in Portugal can, in fact). However, once you have cracked open one of the pleasantly warm nuts and put it in your mouth, any misgivings you had take leave.

Roasted chestnut in Lisbon.

The savory, almost smoky, flavor of roasted chestnuts is delightful, inspiring a multitude of memories, and with a friendly smile from the hawker, you are on your way with your bulging paper bag.

November is the month when chestnuts begin to appear in Lisbon. It is traditional to eat chestnuts and drink new wine on St. Martins Day, or Dia de São Martinho (November 11) in Portugal.

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