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PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2018 6:51 pm 
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Hey Folks,

I’m lucky enough to have my shop in an older neighborhood with a number of really old and interesting trees. Earlier this year, I showed off a dogwood tree from the neighborhood, this time it’s a venerable American chestnut ready to pop.

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Every year this tree is heavily laden with chestnuts that all seem to wait until the first really cold night. Then they seemingly all drop at once, causing all the neighborhood squirrels to literally “go nuts”

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The tree is quite large, over six feet in diameter. While this is not unusual for older chestnuts in rural areas, it is unusual to find one this big in an urban residential neighborhood. I’m pretty sure that it’s over 100 years old. The American chestnut was nearly wiped out by a chestnut blight around the beginning of the last century. Prior to that, it was a major lumber species in the eastern United States. Cultivation as a garden landscape species has preserved it for future generations.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2018 3:55 pm 
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Tom,
Thanks for posting.
I have never seen a chestnut tree in my life. :(
Looks pretty nice.
Can you eat them?
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One helluva tree! There are some real beauties, not chestnut I don't believe, up on Capitol Hill among the big old mansions that graced Seattle in years past.

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What Zulu said.

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Hey Guys,

Yes, these chestnuts can be eaten. Think of chestnuts roasting on an open fire. We can buy them in the grocery stores here from about Halloween until New Year's. They are also great in your Thanksgiving Day stuffing! They're great garnish for winter soups, and I've even had them chopped and put in sandwiches. They're a common street food in England, and make great hand warmers until you eat them. But I think that I've eaten most of them raw, as a kid. Too many will give you a terrible gut ache though, DAMHIKT. :roll:

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