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Good information, Gloria. Did you run across any recipes for Maronencremesuppe (creamed chestnut soup)? Mmmmm.
I can't vouch for any hard and fast rules, but in the battle of the sexes while growing up in central KY, my big sister didn't recognize any sense of separation. Despite having nine brothers, she held her own with any indigenous weaponry and buckeyes were often a favorite.
Good morning VV! Do you have the recipe? I was the only girl amongst 5 brothers growing up in northern Michigan and I still have the lumps to prove it.
Boy, am I glad we didn't have conkers/buckeyes in our woods. I don't know why they weren't there, because horse chestnuts do grow in that area - as shown by the stand of blooming chestnuts in the picture at the bottom of the page. These are growing along the roadside not too far from our woods at home.
Timely article with great information, Gloria! Thanks. In Queens, we would occasionally stumble upon one of the aforementioned trees and it would trigger a battle. We had some bruises, but luckily no major injuries!
I looked forward every year to the aroma of roasting chestnuts in Manhattan. Would not be the same without it.
Wonderful - my grandpa came over from Wales as a young boy and grew up not far from where he landed on Ellis Island - I still remember the shiny chestnuts he always had in his pocket. Thank you for that memory :)
Gloria, thanks for an interesting article. I have never had a "roasted chestnut", nor do I ever remember seeing the tree. Protected life I spose. At least now I know a little more about them, I sit here saying "so that's a buckeye! Your article taught me many things this morning!
Islandshari: You are not likely to see a chestnut tree or have chestnuts to roast in the Marshall Islands. Its kind of like snowballs in Alabama. Not likely. If I had a buckeye I would send you one. For luck.
What a fun article! I never heard of such games--good thing we didn't have buckeyes in my old neighborhood, when I was a kid. LOL Our woods here are filled with them. They're pretty--too bad they're not edible for us. Squirrels love 'em, though.
Hey Ky Woods: Im glad you enjoyed my article! I learned a lot myself doing the research for it. I learned that you can also make necklaces out of the buckeyes as well as just carry them in your pocket if you had one.