Post by ChileFarmer on Oct 10, 2012 8:07:45 GMT -6
Now don't get me wrong, my childhood was the best anyone could ask for. I sure miss those times. Things were much more simple than today. I am thinking it was because we didn't have as much. Yep we were not very well off. But we sure ate good. Always had a large garden patch. Canned or stored every thing. We also had a good supply of livestock. Cattle, goats, pigs and birds. Now we didn't have large herds, just enough to keep us feed. And the wild animals plus fish were plentiful. One thing we didn't have was much fruit. What a treat to get an apple or an orange at Christmas. We did grow figs, pear and mulberry's. But also had the wild fruits. Blackberry, dewberry, persimmon, muskadines and possum grapes. And the nuts were good pecan, hickory, black walnuts. And one other nut that we as kids enjoyed. The Chinkapin. Now maybe some won't know what this nut is. It is much like an acorn but not bitter, just sweet as can be. They are ready now. Here is a photo of a few I just picked up. Cavey will know this nut I bet. CF Chinkapins:
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Well CF, we did'nt have the Chinkapins, but we had the others plus chestnuts, hazelnuts and butter nuts....ohh and beachnuts. We had all the wild grapes, a big garden, raised a couple hogs each year, a beef(thats how the milk cow stayed fresh), wild game and all the wild greens. We were poor as hell, but it was only normal to get out and work for our meals......i sure miss those days......best eat'in ever was
We called them chinky-pins. From the leaves you can tell they're just a dwarf form of chestnut. I think most of them around the home place eventually got the chestnut blight or the "developers' blight" Gone now for the most part.
They will do better if you don't give them any nitrogen fertilizer. N ferts cause them to grow fast and make bigger cells in the wood and somehow this lets the blight fungus grow in them. I used to have 4 Chinese chestnuts, the 2 below the chicken coop grew big and green but never bloomed, then they died. I made a new handle for my ginseng hoe from the heartwood. That was in '83, it's holding up pretty good.
Post by Pharmer Phil on Oct 12, 2012 2:41:41 GMT -6
we had them around, can't say as we ate them for sustenance ...other nuts, hazel, hickory and pecans were more plentiful and everywhere around our home and where we cut firewood. I do love all the nuts that we picked up...except walnuts, I like them, but no love affair with em'. Hazel nuts...or Filberts
well, If..it had a been now that I was born..not back when "different" was inappropriate...I suppose my name woulda been ... Philbert
Because My Mother...Who's name was HAZEL...always said I was her little ..Nut..