Let's learn about our nuts and seeds
It is time to learn about the wild nuts and seeds of the British Isles.
Here is a quick introduction to our common nuts and tree seeds:
Nuts and seeds are basically the babies or offspring of parent trees.
All trees have special adaptations to help their offspring move away from them. They do this in order to avoid competing for light, water and nutrients, and to avoid cross-pollination.
Some of their adaptations include:
Winged seeds are known as samaras, and have a light wing or membrane incorporated into their structure. This helps them spin away from their parents, or catch the wind and be blown away.
Some of them are also known as helicopter seeds, whirligigs and spinning Jennys. Our most common ‘helicopter seeds’, are:
There are six common ‘nut’ producing trees. They are:
There are many, many types of tree seeds, but some are small and easily overlooked. However, there are 9 trees with large or relatively large sized seeds, which are easily spotted on your nature walks. These are:
Some of out wild nuts are edible and can be foraged. But remember, some of them are toxic and must never be eaten. So, never eat any nut or seeds unless you are completely sure of its identity and know it is okay to be eaten.
A few of our edible nuts, are:
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