Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Chink-A-Dink-A-Do-A-Dink-A-Do...

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This is the delicious nut of the Chinkapin, a chestnut relative. I have thickets of these on my homestead, but usually the tree rats get the nuts before I do. When I do beat them, I am rewarded with the sweetest, tastiest chestnutty treat.

You have to watch your step around them as the Diamondbacks think the chinkapin raiding tree rats are the sweetest tastiest treat.

Good night Mrs. Calabash...wherever you are.

(You young'ns aren't going to get that...)

12 comments:

Thunder Dave said...

Ah,cha-cha-cha-Cha!I gotta million of 'em!

Kind of a cool looking plant. We tried the old roasted chestnut thing once. I have to say I didn't care for them all that much. I certainly wouldn't want to go up against a diamond back to get to them!

Zanne said...

I would go against a diamond back either.

It's a good thing I've never been accused of being a 'young-un. So yes, I got it!!

pablo said...

Is this a different variety from the chinkapins (oaks) we have in Missouri? The leaves look a bit different.

Deb said...

I just learned an old fiddle tune called "Chinkapin Hunting"; I assume this is what it's about.

Hick said...

I just heard the story about Mrs. Calabash and Jimmy Durante on Paul Harvey a couple of weeks ago. Not that I knew who he was or anything like that (voice trails off as she sees that no one is buying her story.)

You have the weirdest looking plants around your neck of the woods.

Rexroth's Daughter said...

Inka dinka doo...

The critters always know where the best things are growing, and often get there before we do. Gives new meaning to rat race!

Floridacracker said...

ThunderD,
I tried it too...not bad, but these are good right off the plant.

Zanne,
Young at heart and all that...

Pablo,
This is the Allegheny (sp) chinkapin. Your chinkapin oak is a different plant.

Hick,
We can say we saw him on Turner Classic Movies...


Deb,
Serendipity. When I googled for the scientific name, I came up with a band called "Chinkapin Hunters" I thought of you because it sounded like your music style, based on your blog. Their website didn't load completely on my computer, but it sounded interesting.

roger said...

okay geezers, how many of you watched durante on tv? live?

pablo said...

I recall seeing Durante do a Volkswagon commercial. They had just introduced the curved windshield on the Beetle, and the used Durante's famous schnooze to show how spacious the car was.

And Paul Harvey? Is that guy still alive?

Floridacracker said...

DPR,
Yup.


Pablo,
Paul Harvey is like George Burns...only not dead. :)

thingfish23 said...

Tree rats - they're not just for breakfast anymore.

Floridacracker said...

Thing,
I gotta million of 'em. Literally, it's like squirrel disney world here.