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?


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Answer from NGA
October 22, 1999

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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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