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Oct 8, 2009 12:19 PM

Chestnuts picked up from trees in Harvard Square: safe to eat? what species?

Does anyone know if these are European, Chinese, Japanese, or horse chestnuts? Are they edible or are they toxic? Of course I would roast and blanch them properly.

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  1. This is perhaps the most unusual question I've ever seen on Chowhound. Having said that, my answer is a very strong, very definite "I have no idea."

    1. Call the Public Health Dept.

      1. I would assume the squirrels/homeless would have snatched them up by now if they were edible.

        1. I'd be very curious to hear the answer to this one - I've often wondered how you can tell which chestnuts are delicious, and which are non-delicious/deadly.

          1. I think most of the Chestnut trees in this area are horse chestnuts (unedible). I believe the American chestnut which is edible was largely wiped out by some sort of blight. Here is a guide to identifying chestnut trees.: