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Aesculus hippocastanum

Aesculus hippocastanum

Thanks once again to Lotus J. aka ngawangchodron@Flickr for contributing to BPotD (original via the BPotD Flickr Group Pool).

Horse-chestnut has previously been featured on BPotD in this account of two plants from the Sapindaceae, but I couldn't resist today's photograph. Further reading about this native of the Balkans in southeastern Europe is available in that BPotD entry.

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It is wonderful! When I see such a beautiful plant, just say; Praise God!

What a photo, does it speak?

OK, way too early in the morning for this. Next time post a warning.

Aesculus hippocastanum - Z3 - RHS Index of Garden Plants, Griffiths
Aesculus hippocastanum - Z3-8 - A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants, Brickell, Cole, Zuk

This is so great! It bring back childhood memories of collecting Horse Chestnuts. Of course they looked very different than this one. In the Autumn when there was a Northeaster storm so many fell to the ground. The trees lined many streets in Newburyport, Massachusetts where I grew up right on the Altantic Ocean.
Thank you,
Margaret-Rae

What is the difference between the horse chestnut and edible chestnuts? are horse chestnuts inedible? And acorns...are they edible?

A great photo!! At first scary and then sweet. I was wondering if the chestnuts in the park here in New Westminster are edible.

can i eat it? i am very hungry and would like to eat it.

No, they are not edible - slightly poisonous in fact. I imagine they taste soapy, as they can be dried, ground up, and then used as a detergent for linens (see the first link in the entry to horse-chestnut).

d'shnyata and Bonita, the American horse-chestnuts are not exactly edible, but the Indians did eat them when they had to -- strictly a famine food. Euell Gibbons somewhere describes the long soaking and leaching it took to make a swallowable flour, I think (can't find the book it's in if it was one of his). If I remember rightly, the Indians also used buckeyes(ground fresh?)to stun fish.

This is one of the most beautiful photos I've ever seen. Wouldn't it be wonderful if there were a horse-chestnut that tasted as good as this one looks! (I remember the ones in Ohio as being intensely bitter.)

Feed Me Seymour!

As someone who has had to pick up the phytotoxic seeds of this tree, it's good to see it represented in a positive light.

Good for capillary integrity and lower leg edema, at least in tincture and cream form.

It's looking at me...

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