The Advantages of Planting Chinese Chestnut Trees
The Chinese Chestnut Tree is a beautiful and unique tree with many benefits when added to your landscape design or garden. You will have the prettiest yard in the neighborhood with a Chinese Chestnut Tree in your yard. Here are some of the advantages of planting Chinese Chestnut Trees.
What is the Chinese Chestnut Tree?
Chinese Chestnut Trees are medium-height trees that produce lovely and nutritious Chinese chestnuts. Although the tree originates in China, it is becoming more mainstream and widespread in North American landscape designs. The trees have an ornamental utility and supply food to the owner. The tree leaves are a lush green, and the delicious Chinese chestnuts will make you the talk of the town.
The chestnuts grow inside little burs, and once the nuts ripen, the nuts fall from the tree, and the burs split open when they hit the ground. Frequently a bur will hold one or two nuts but sometimes up to five whole chestnuts in one bur! Harvesting the nuts is a fun activity for the entire family!
Tips on Growing a Chinese Chestnut Tree
The first is to pick a good place for the Chinese Chestnut Tree to grow. There should be enough space for a tree with wide-spreading branches. Next, you want to ensure the optimal foundation for your tree to grow and flourish. You will not be able to use heavy clay soil when planting this tree. Instead, you must use loamy soil that is adequately drained. Choose soil with a bit of acidity, like one with a pH between 5.5 and 6.5. If it's cold enough to snow, don't plant the tree near a snow pocket since the buds might get damaged when the plant thaws in springtime.
After the tree is planted, there is little hands-on maintenance that you need to worry about. Chinese Chestnut Trees are unique because they resist droughts but still need water. Especially if you want your tree to produce large, healthy chestnuts, then you must supply the tree with adequate water every week.
Chinese Chestnut Health Facts
Chinese chestnuts are a delicious nut full of healthy benefits! They have many vitamins and minerals and healthy starch. Some health benefits you can expect when consuming your fresh Chinese chestnuts are increased metabolism, leveling blood glucose levels, aiding in PMS Syndrome, treating epilepsy, enhancing immunity, enhancing thyroid function, treating arthritis, and boosting skin health. They are genuinely amazing superfoods!
You can do a fun activity on harvest day to pick up the nuts. Then once you have collected them, you scrape each nut with a sharp cooking knife. After that, they are ready to roast over an open fire, or you can boil them. The nutmeat in the center is a glorious golden color and can be used in many holiday dishes, such as stuffing. Since they are a starchy substance, the chestnuts can also be ground into flour which is a healthy alternative to regular flour.