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29 days into May

fingered horse chestnut
leaves playing summer music-
flower candles stand
Elaine Patricia Morris (c) 2018

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  1. Our Horse Chestnuts are already producing fruit.
    People can eat the nut too, but it takes a lot of work to get the nut and there is a tiny bitter piece of the nut you need to remember to remove and not eat.

    • Oooh. I thought it was only the sweet chestnuts you could eat.

      • It is a bit of a process to get the meat out of a Horse Chestnut. And messy too as after you peel away the green skin there is a sticky black substance – And all for not much. But the squirrels enjoy them 🙂

      • We leave them here until they fall and shed there green coats leaving a beautiful brown polished nut. Conkers we call them. Great sport has been between boys with them on bits of string. Health and safety in schools has stopped conker fights now.

      • Horse Chestnuts here, are slightly different. I tried looking them up and only found your Conkers. Ours do not have the spikes on the outer shell. But once that green is gone the inside is a gooey black sticky mess that stains skin. The nut looks more like a walnut than a smooth chestnut. 🙂

      • The conker is the most beautiful polished hard surface. Furniture makers have tried to replicate the finish but never get anywhere close.

      • Not at all what the interior of ‘my’ chestnut. The lack of spines on the outside are sort of on the inside – the casing of the nut is ridged like fingerprints but much deeper and the black stuff on the outside is near impossible to rise off. I watched a video of a gent who has a great process for taking the nut meat out – let me see if I can find that…
        I couldn’t find that but I did find out that what you’ve got is a sweet chestnut. The horse chestnut can actually be poisonous.

        Aesculin, a bitter, poisonous glycoside that breaks down blood proteins. This property has led to the development of the common rat poison warfarin, extracted from clovers, which contain a similar toxin. Just touching the seed pod and nut isn’t a problem but eating it could be.

      • Oh we know they are poisonous. Even horses don’t eat them. Sweet chestnuts are the edible ones.

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