Scarification: Soak in water, let stand in water for 12 hours
Stratification: cold stratify for 90 days
Germination: sow 1-2" deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed
Looking for a delicious and nutritious substitute for potatoes or cereal? Look no further than Castanea pumila var. ashei, also known as Ash's Chinquapin or Ashe Chinkapin. This spreading shrub or small tree grows up to 8 meters in height and produces small, tasty seeds that are sweeter and have a superior flavor to traditional sweet chestnuts. The seeds can be consumed raw or cooked and become even sweeter when baked, developing a floury texture that makes for an excellent alternative to potatoes or cereal. Native Americans even used the leaves of the chinkapin to relieve headaches and fevers. This species of chestnut grows best in well-drained soils in full sun or partial shade, and is native to the eastern United States. So why not give Ash's Chinquapin a try and enjoy its delicious flavor and versatility today! For more information, visit http://plants.usda.gov.