The Q&A Archives: Chestnut Trees

Question: I found a tree and it has a lot of nuts but I can't get anyone to identify them. "Maybe they are chestnuts," someone said but no one is sure. They are very dark in color except for a indented area that is lighter in color. The shell is VERY hard. Do have a web sight that could show me what a chestnut tree and it's fruit looks like? And if this is a chestnut how do you roast them? Thanks for your time.

Answer: The nut you describe may be a chestnut (edible) or a horsechestnut (inedible). Rather than take a chance, why not take a sample to your local Cooperative Extension Office for an absolute identification? Contact them by phoning 206-296-3900.

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