Setember 4th – One of the features of autumn I do like is the huge variey of fruits, nuts and seeds that proliferate in hedgerows and woodlands. I noticed on Milford Common that the beech trees near the A51 had a fine crop of nuts ripening. These slightly bitter, tannic-tasting kernels are edible, but don’t taste so good. I’m unaware of any culinary uses, other then giving their name to a type of chewing gum popular when I was a child. Does beech nut gum still exist? Certainly didn’t taste of beech nuts…

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