Sunday, October 2, 2016

Chestnuts vs Buckeyes

I know many of you will be excited to learn how to tell the difference between a chestnut and a buckeye, right?  It's easy if the hull is still on the nut:  a chestnut hull is composed of lethal spikes and cannot be picked up;  a buckeye hull is smooth and softish.

But if the nut itself is sitting on the ground out of its hull, you can tell a buckeye by its perfectly smooth and unarticulated surface (other than its oval umbilical spot).  A chestnut has a little pointed tip opposite its more squared-off umbilical spot. A chestnut also is more of a, well, chestnut brown, whereas a buckeye is a very dark nearly black brown.

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