Beech Nuts

The fruit of the American Beech tree is an edible nut: usually in pairs within a bristly reddish-brown husk.

Beech Nuts

The nuts are dispersed by birds and mammals.

Beech Nuts

When the tree is about 50 years old it begins to have good seed crops every 2 – 8 years.

Beech Nuts

The nuts have a bitter to mild nut-like taste.

Beech Nuts

They can be pressed to make edible oil.

Beech Nuts

Because it is difficult to harvest beech nuts mechanically, they are seldom eaten these days.

photo: Natures Restaurant

They are also much smaller that the nuts that currently grace our tables.

Beech Nuts
Beech Nuts

Miles Hearn

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