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The Waiting Game

October 6, 2014

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A couple of weeks to go…I think.

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  1. October 6, 2014 7:15 am

    I have something that looks like this – what is it?

  2. Eumaeus permalink
    October 6, 2014 4:59 pm

    We are finally getting a “harvest”. Planted our first trees in 2009. Question, do they get ‘sweeter’ if you roast them? We have about 2 handfuls this year, not worth roasting… They’re okay raw. Meaty and filling and just slightly sweet. No variety just a cheapo chinese chestnut… I want to try some of the grafted kinds too…. and american… I only ate american chestnuts once raw… We order from Burnt Ridge Nursery near you and I’m waiting to see what barefoot stock they’ll have available for next years planting…

    • October 7, 2014 4:59 am

      E, I actually prefer them raw, they get mealy when cooked. A major pain to cook and prepare…so I don’t. But firewood? Excellent fast growing tree for that, easy to split and a great candidate for coppice 🙂

      Ours are all feral from the mama tree here by the house. They grow like weeds here if you don’t keep an eye on them.

    • October 7, 2014 10:55 am

      Eumaeus,
      I scored a number of them (big X) and set them just inside the door of the wood stove, a bit away from the hot coals. They were great when they popped…but kind of an odd lingering sour aftertaste. Way better hot than cold. They came from a 20 year old chinese chestnut.

      Unrelated, I stored quite a few in bags of peat in the fridge all winter and planted in the spring. Most of them came up. ZERO of the seedlings survived the first winter. I guess that’s normal. I heard the guy from Badgersett say he hoped to retain 8 trees from every 5,000 planted in the first generation…but that may count culling.

  3. CassieOz permalink
    October 6, 2014 9:18 pm

    I planted 10 sweet chestnut trees but ‘someone’ broke through the electric fence and ‘someone and her friends’ ate them all! And the black walnut trees, and the sugar maples and the black mulberries….. There are days you can go off beefers y’know.

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