Buckeyes and chestnuts are not the same, though they do look alike. Buckeyes and American chestnuts are native to the United States, but other chestnuts, including the horse chestnut, are imported. All three trees are impressive with their stature, large leaves, clusters of white or yellow flowers and odd fruit.

What are buckeyes good for?

Though poisonous because of its tannic acid content, the buckeye–at times in history–has been used as a sedative, for relieving constipation and asthma and for the treatment of hemorrhoids and “female disorders.” It is also said to relieve the pain of arthritis and rheumatism.

What kind of chestnuts are edible?

An edible chestnut is easiest to spot if it is still in its husk, which is spiny and needle-sharp. The toxic, inedible chestnut, also called the horse chestnut, has a husk that is much smoother, with only a few warts. Horse chestnuts are the ones commonly found in forests and backyards.

Can you eat a buckeye?

Ohio buckeye (Aesculus glabra) Seeds resemble edible chestnuts, but Ohio buckeye fruits are not edible and can be toxic. Seeds of Ohio buckeye should not be allowed to dry out.

What does a chestnut pod look like?

The pod of the edible sweet chestnut has a sort of “porcupine” look to it with thin prickly spikes that point out in all directions and form a sort of thicket where you cannot see anything but the spikes. These are green while the chestnuts are forming and then turn brown when the chestnuts are mature.

Buckeyes and chestnuts are not the same, though they do look alike. Buckeyes and American chestnuts are native to the United States, but other chestnuts, including the horse chestnut, are imported. All three trees are impressive with their stature, large leaves, clusters of white or yellow flowers and odd fruit.

What are buckeyes good for?

Though poisonous because of its tannic acid content, the buckeye–at times in history–has been used as a sedative, for relieving constipation and asthma and for the treatment of hemorrhoids and “female disorders.” It is also said to relieve the pain of arthritis and rheumatism.

What kind of chestnuts are edible?

An edible chestnut is easiest to spot if it is still in its husk, which is spiny and needle-sharp. The toxic, inedible chestnut, also called the horse chestnut, has a husk that is much smoother, with only a few warts. Horse chestnuts are the ones commonly found in forests and backyards.

Can you eat a buckeye?

Ohio buckeye (Aesculus glabra) Seeds resemble edible chestnuts, but Ohio buckeye fruits are not edible and can be toxic. Seeds of Ohio buckeye should not be allowed to dry out.

What does a chestnut pod look like?

The pod of the edible sweet chestnut has a sort of “porcupine” look to it with thin prickly spikes that point out in all directions and form a sort of thicket where you cannot see anything but the spikes. These are green while the chestnuts are forming and then turn brown when the chestnuts are mature.