7 responses to “Castanea mollissima”

  1. Wendy Cutler

    I’ve learned a few things from this posting. The fuzzy inside of the cupules was a revelation (and the term was new to me). I had no idea the genus would be pronounced, according to the efl.edu link: “kass-TAY-nee-uh”. I and have sort of learned the word “ament”, for which there is no hyperlink, understandably, since I can’t find any definition other than “catkin”, but here the term is used for the part of the inflorescence above the catkin. So when male and female flowers are on the same structure, the cats are Toms. Have I got this?

    Also, from what I’m reading, I should be able to distinguish these from C. sativa by the presence of all those hairs. I’m very happy to read that, hope that works.

    I’m enjoying your write-ups, Madeline.

  2. Brynn Allen

    That is one scary image. Fun to learn about this beautiful tree with the spiny fruit. Save this image for Halloween or an Alien movie marathon. Mahalo, Brynn

  3. Lee

    Here in Korea, I have never found any chestnuts to be astringent when raw; in fact, we eat peeled raw chestnuts when celebrating Chuseok. While they are not as sweet as the cooked ones, they clearly lack any astringency.

    Of course, there is the possibility that the chestnuts commercially produced here are from non-astringent cultivars, but I doubt that since I have never found any wild trees producing astringent seeds as well, nor have I heard of such cases.

  4. Tiiu Mayer

    My neighbor has about 20 huge chestnuts along driveway. When the catkins are blooming, the smell is overwhelming and it is not a nice smell!
    He had some kind of damage to the fruit itself and learned that the dropped spiny shells/seeds need to be scrupulously cleaned up in the fall. Once he started doing this, no more problems.
    He has people who ask permission to come harvest the drops in fall. I think they are Italian. In Italy chestnuts are ground into flour and used in baking and probably other cooking.

  5. Mark Darrach

    correct me if I am not remembering correctly, but wasn’t Chinese chestnut the vector that brought the blight to North America?

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