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Yorkshire Geordie

First taste of autumn

I've been watching them for some time now.
They've been getting bigger by the days.
A few came down last week - but there was nothing in them.
This morning I took my dog her usual walk and I spotted a few that had burst.
They were ready...........



and they were well worth waiting for - delicious.  
Martyn
Rena

Nice!

They don't 'grow' here for us....except in the stores, so it seems

eta-what do they look like before they burst?
Yorkshire Geordie

Rena - here are samples of them growing up:-









They burst open when they fall to the ground and spread the nuts around.
There are usually between one and six nuts in each Sputnik bomb.

Martyn
Yorkshire Geordie

Rena, this is how a fallen sweet chestnut looks after hitting the deck:-



Ready for eating as they are (peeled) but many like them roasted on an open fire.  

Martyn
Rena

Thank you!!

Wow! That's amazing!! How large (small) are the pods before they burst? Sorry but this is all so new to me...lol

I really enjoy Chestnuts....can't imagine what they must taste like freshly roasted!
Yorkshire Geordie

Here is your answer, Rena (Hopefully)  

This is a low lying branch with fruit:-



This is the same branch with my hand in comparison:-



Here is a fallen fruit with my size 10 foot:-



And here is some fruit still on the tree but which has shed its seeds:-



Martyn
Rena

Whoa! Thank you, the pics are perfect! Glad I asked...had no idea on size. That must be an enjoyable plant to watch while it grows (...and collect from in the Autumn)! Thanks again! I'll never look at the store ones the same, lol
Yorkshire Geordie

Here are the beginnings of the 2015 crop, hopefully.  



Martyn
sod

YG Do you cut yours back at all, we have one but no fruit forms. Some have told us to cut it hard back each year and they seem to get lots of fruit  
Yorkshire Geordie

No, Sod, I just pick the nuts up when they have fallen.
I don't tend the trees at all - in fact nobody does - they grow beside the countryside paths and lanes in avenues of Sweet Chestnut trees.
They are only attended to when the wind blows the boughs off or the tree down.


This is an October shot of them.

Martyn

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