Beech Nuts

Beech Nuts!  Tiny and in shells between paper and thinnest wood. Not as sweet as pine nuts, but not bitter — nice! Today my friend and gardening teacher Emma picked some up off an abandoned kiddie slide in our garden and showed me to eat them. A world has opened up, a possibility. Friends remember eating them as children, walking to school, coming home from school. Little morsels that fall from on high, out of a husk that opens into a butterfly and offers the ground its little nugget.

I do not have time this week to try making beech nut butter, but if I did, and maybe some year I will, here’s a nice how-to: