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Interesting find--chestnuts
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geo in MI    Posted 04-04-2002 at 05:52:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
How it got there in the woods is anybody's guess, and how I've missed it all these years, I don't know, but according to the American Chestnut Society, what I have is maybe a Chinese chestnut tree--last Fall was the first time it produced any nuts--which we discovered on the ground this Spring.

Question: In the Fall, how do you deal with all those very sharp spines on the burs? And, once you get them roasted or boiled, just what do they taste like, anyway?

Any answers?


Redneck    Posted 04-05-2002 at 03:17:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
They are good raw,just let them dry out.The burrs are not to be taken lightly.Don't run over them with a mower for you will have strowed them all over.When they dry they are as bad on tires as thorns.The best thing is to keep it clean and burned off around the tree.When they fall and dry out,de-burr them on the spot and burn the burrs.


screaminhollow    Posted 04-05-2002 at 02:53:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
There are several trees that have the spiny burrs containing chestnut type nuts. Horse Chestnuts or buckeyes, don't have the spiny coverings, those covering are rough and bumpy, but not like a porcupine. I don't know how to tell an Am chestnut from a Chinese or a Chinqapin. There are also a few European Chestnuts growing here. Seedlings are very easy to start from the nuts. The nuts are sweet. You can slit the hard skin and boil them, cook them in the microwave, roast them etc. We have a very old Chinese Chestnut along the boundary of the property, It only gives nuts every three or four years, but the closest pollinator is about a half mile away. I guess it deepends on which way the wind blows when the trees are blooming.


rose Blevins    Posted 09-18-2003 at 08:03:42       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Some children in my condo complex were playing with what they called acorns,so I told them that theywere not acorns,butwere a chestnut type nut called a chinquapin,some of the older citizens called them hazel nuts,I disputed that,because the little round nut grew in a burr like an old time chestnut,and a hazel nut grows in a smooth covering,please help me resolve this.Ha,ha. I'm 80 yrs. old, but feel I still have pretty good memory,have'nt seen this nut in 65 yrs.


Les...fortunate    Posted 04-04-2002 at 16:24:52       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I almost talked the company I work for into joining the American Chestnut society last year. Guess I didn't give a convincing enough argument.
Last year I found 2 places here in New Hampshire with little chestnut trees. Neither of these places had trees big enough to produce nuts. If you looked at their website, you notice that there is a healthy population of them (American chestnuts, that is) out west...Oregon, I believe. I may join on my own because I would like to get some seedlings and see if I can make them grow here.


LazyHorse    Posted 04-04-2002 at 06:10:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
Are you sure it isn't a buckeye tree more commonly known as a horse chestnut? If so be real cautious because I was always told those nuts were poisonous to humans.


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