Are Butternuts Edible? - Knowledgebase Question

Schenectady, NY
Question by mjnicoli
October 22, 1999
I have a butternut tree that produces a lot of nuts every year. The squirrels love them, but are they edible for people?

Answer from NGA
October 22, 1999


According to Michael Dirr's "Manual of Woody Landscape Plants", the seeds of Butternut (Juglans cinerea) are "sweet, edible and very oily." I suppose that's where the "butter" part of the name came from!

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