Friday, November 4, 2011

chestnuts

Turns out we have a bunch of huge chestnut trees in our neighborhood, and just learned the important distinction between the edible sort which has a prickly, needley husk (like in the photo), versus the horse chestnut, which has a rubbery husk with fewer, stubbier prickles and is most definitely toxic, poisonous, and thus, not at all delicious. Husks aside though, they look pretty much identical in that lovely, polished wood sort of way. We found these nestled in the leaves in a park just outside of Tokyo, where chestnuts are a much loved and a featured part of the fall harvest.

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