Horse chestnuts shouldn't be eaten. Raw horse chestnuts contain a poison called esculin. Esculin is especially abundant when the horse chestnut seed is young. Ingesting this poison can make a person violently ill, and it can be fatal.Continue Reading
When prepared correctly, horse chestnut seeds can be used medicinally. They are used to treat fever, diarrhea, hemorrhoids, phlebitis, varicose veins and other problems with the veins and circulatory system.
The horse chestnut is an ornamental tree with white flowers that bloom in the spring. Later, the tree produces green capsules that hold the horse chestnuts, or conkers. Despite its name, the horse chestnut is only distantly related to the common chestnut.Learn more about Beans & Nuts
To pick chestnuts, gather nuts that have fallen from the tree naturally or pick nuts on the tree with exposed nuts showing through the burs. If the nuts are completely enclosed, they are not mature.Full Answer >
Purchase fresh chestnuts directly from chestnut farmers at ChestnutGrowersInc.com, BuyFreshChestnuts.com and ChestnutsOnline.com. Washington Chestnut Company offers a variety of chestnut tree seedlings and grafted chestnut trees for sale at WashingtonChestnut.com.Full Answer >
The Year of the Horse comes from the Chinese zodiac, which operates on a 12-year cycle. Every year of the cycle is represented by a different animal sign. The most recent Year of the Horse began on Jan. 31, 2014 and ended on Feb. 18, 2015.Full Answer >
When the horse in the Hanukkah story, "The Horse That Wouldn't Eat Latkes," refuses to eat latkes, it is fed oats instead. Latkes are traditional potato pancakes served by Ashkenazi Jews at Hanukkah celebrations. Latkes are not considered standard horse feed.Full Answer >