Nearly wiped out more than a century ago by the chestnut blight, it seems the American Chestnut (Castenea dentata) is alive and well in Northwest Arkansas.
The collection of nuts yesterday, yielded approximately five pounds from ten minutes of gathering a few from the ground around the trees.
The nuts we gathered were large, meaty and as beautiful as any you would find in specialty food catalogues.
These are the chestnuts you want to roast over an open fire and show off to family and friends.
If you do gather some of these nuts, use leather gloves or a tool of some sort to take the ripe nuts from the spiky hull. The spines can be quite sharp.