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Keschtn Riggl

The ''Keschtnriggl'' is a device to remove the skins from roast chestnuts.
''Keschtnriggl'' is not a tongue twister, but the term for an everyday object made according to traditional methods. The ''Keschtnriggl'' is woven from chestnut and hazel twigs and is used to remove chestnuts from their skins. After the chestnuts are roasted over an open fire, they are shaken in the ''Keschtnriggl''. The skin is loosened and falls to the floor through the narrow gaps, leaving behind the skinned chestnuts.
The ''Keschtnriggl'' is a device woven from chestnut twigs, used for centuries in the Alto-Adige area of northern Italy to remove the skins from roast chestnuts. It was probably no accident that it was the prosperous winegrowers around Merano who invented this tool so they didn’t have to get their hands dirty.
The sweet chestnut is particularly common in the southern corner of Alto-Adige, in Lana and on the uplands above it.
The chestnut festival has been held in late autumn every year since 1998 and its name, ''Keschtnriggl'', reflects the exclusive nature of the South Tyrolean chestnut culture. During the chestnut festival, farmers, foresters and numerous local associations try to convey to visitors a lively and authentic picture of the sweet chestnut’s importance to this part of the country and its inhabitants for many centuries. The chestnut festival’s highlights are the celebrations in Foiana and Tisens, which are always very popular. Unique chestnut dishes are also available during the late autumn festival.