I have a chestnut tree that a coworker gave a couple of years ago that
is beginning to bear. She gave me two trees at first, but one died
apparently from drought or stress. I was unaware that there are
several different types of chestnut trees. How do I determine which
kind I have? Also, how do I go about caring for this tree and how do
you get the nuts? Do they fall like pecans or is there another method?
TIA for any and all assistance
Congratulations on owning an extreme rarity. American Chestnuts still
survive here and there, in extremely scant numbers. Many survive from
original trees, but when the shoots reach maturity, the blight strikes them
down, only to regrow again from the original stump for another 15-20 years.
First, be sure the nuts are edible. You may have a Horse Chestnut, which has
lovely blooms in the spring but produces nuts that are lovely "objets" for
decorating, whether in their spiny chartreuse skin or brown and polished, and
not for human consumption. Kids and the less self-conscious grownups like to
carry them around in their pockets like a worry stone, and I think there are
games you can play with them. I once went over a low wall to pick up a few
lovely specimens in Brno, and almost bumped skulls with a venerable professor
who was also hunting them.
email@example.com (Justin) wrote in message
It sure isn't an american chestnut. 99% probability it is of asiatic
The tree is very carefree and very drought resistant. To get the nuts,
hull fall and soften, then step on it and drag your foot. The hull
will get sheared and you will get the nuts with minimum stinging. To
cook, make a cut across the chestnut and place in oven for 45 mins
until the cut opens. They should be easy to peel. Eat hot.
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