Chestnut Seeds, Chinquapin (Dwarf)
(Castanea pumila) Deciduous. Zones 5-8. Also known as Chinquapin, the American Dwarf Chestnut is an amazing and widely undervalued shrub. It is more like a small tree - reaching 10-15 feet at maturity.
Chinquapin nuts are extremely tasty and sweet! They ripen in Autumn and are encased in a spiny burr. Chinquapin nuts are about the size of a pea, but so worth the work of peeling! Roasting or baking deepens their creamy, nutty flavour and gives them a floury texture. They make a delicious and nutritious potato or hot cereal substitute. For those of you with a sweet tooth; roasted chestnut ice cream is something that will change your life!
The Chinquapin is important food and medicine for Indigenous People, who ate almost every part of the plant. The leaves contain tannin and can be steeped to make an external wash to treat fever.
Chinquapin can grow in even nutritionally poor soil and enriches the soil when planted as an understory in pine forests. It is extremely winter-hardy but thrives in areas with hot, dry summers. Once established, it is drought resistant. The wood is light, hard, and very strong - excellent for fence posts and as fuel.
**70-90% germination** Chinquapin seeds require 60 days cold moist stratification.*Excited about growing Fruit & Nut trees? Click for all you need to know.*