What is a Horse Chestnut?

Don't Eat!
Don’t Eat!

The Horse Chestnut is an entirely different tree from the Sweet Chestnut, and its nuts are unfit for human consumption.

To tell the difference between an edible chestnut and a non-edible chestnut (Horse Chestnut or Buckeye), take a close look at the pod that the chestnuts grow in.

The pod of the edible sweet chestnut has a sort of “porcupine” look to it.

The chestnuts from a Horse Chestnut or Buckeye have short bumpy spikes on a smooth ball shaped fruit.
Don’t eat them!