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Although most English speakers don't distinguish between the two kinds, the fruit of the chestnut tree varies: marrones are generally sweeter, with finer flesh than their near- chestnut relation, castagne.

There are a number of protected IGP and DOP varieties grown throughout Italy:

Marrone di Caprese Michelangelo DOP (Emilia-Romagna)

Marrone di Castel del Rio IGP (Emilia-Romagna)

Marrone di Combai IGP (Veneto)

Marrone del Monfenera IGP (Veneto)

Marrone del Mugello IGP (Tuscany)

Marrone di Roccadaspide IGP (Campania)

Marrone di San Zeno DOP (Veneto)

Marrone della Val di Susa IGP (Piedmonte)

Text © Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls

Images by: Robert Young