Thursday, November 17, 2011

The chestnuts

Chestnut blight fungus, introduced in 1904, destroyed more than 4 billion American chestnut trees. These are probably hybrids of European (sweet) and American or East Asian.

Chestnuts are apparently good nectar and pollen producers for honey bees. Our PNW pollinator guides don't mention this but chestnut honey production seems to be alive and well elsewhere.

Double and triple layer drying system. We don't dry them for long,two to three days, then store them ventilated at a refrigerator temperature, which is in the mudroom these days.

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