Over the years when teaching tree identification for bushcraft a few questions frequently pop up.
One common question is " Is sweet Chestnut the same as Horse Chestnut and are both edible"?
The simple answer is .....no.
Sweet chestnut is a relation of Oak and Beech trees and resides within the Fagaceae family. This is the edible one. The nuts come in a spiny husk and when roasted are quite delicious, a Christmas treat at many christmas markets.
Here are the descriptive images from my favorite tree identification book Collins Tree Guide by Owen Johnson and David More.
|My well used copy|