Is native chinquapin worth eating?

happygardengal(7b N. Alabama)March 9, 2013

When I bought my first house five years ago, being a foodie and nutritionist, I was seduced by all the edible landscaping catalogs out there and planted as many different shrubs and trees as possible. Since then, I've realized that edible does not mean that it actually is worth eating. Fast forward to last summer. I got my first crop of native chinquapin nuts (bush purchased from Edible Landscaping). I was surprised by how small the nuts were (a bit smaller than a hazelnut), how hard they are, and how sharp the nut covering is. Ouch. So I am wondering how you prepare them and if they are worth eating? If they aren't worth eating, I am thinking of taking it out as I feel it would be a squirrel magnet. Having said that, I think it is a very attractive bush. Any insight would be appreciated.

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The great drawback of Allegheny chinkapin is its small nut size and the added disadvantage that many nuts stick fast in the bur at harvest and have to be removed by force. Because these nuts are small, are difficult to harvest and can germinate before harvest time, they have limited potential as a commercial crop.

    Bookmark   March 18, 2013 at 3:03AM
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