My chestnuts are sprouting

in chestnuts •  last month

I spent a afternoon collecting these chestnuts last summer, and I forgot about them. I've just found them in the van, and they've started some good healthy sprouting. I think they might be too far gone to cook, so I think I'll plant them in the wild bits by the roads and layby parking areas.


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I've just Googled sprouting chestnuts, and it seems you can cook them if the sprouts are shorter than 2 inches. After 2 inches, they change flavour from 'store' to 'grow'.

Here is a picture of 5 of them with longer shoots. I'm tempted to cut off the brown bits, and cook the rest. I'll try it with a few, and see if they taste any different now they have shifted to 'grow' mode.

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I'm sorry to be slow in replying to you. I seem to have taken on abit too much at the moment. The chestnuts came from a private woodland in Liss in Hampshire, and they are a bit small. Probably as a result of the lack of rain last year. I'm quite keen on a lot of hedgerow products, such as nettles, ground elder, hazel nuts, dandelions, blackberries and many other common items. I use dandelion root to make a hot drink for example. When I get a chance, I'll start to post some info about my findings.

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Thanks for the offer, and I'll come back to you if I may.

I thought I would post an update.

I seem to have too much food at the moment, so I decided to do the environment a favout, and I've spread the chestnuts around in woodlands next to roads. They'll probably all get eaten, but maybe a couple will become trees.