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dan_golding

  • Joined Jul 2008
  • Mid West France
    • Tree Frog Farm
Any practical uses for conkers?
« on: October 03, 2008, 05:02:38 pm »
Apart from teaching the local French kids how to play the good ol' game, does anyone have any practical uses for the thousands of conkers that have started to fall in my garden?

Are they safe for pigs to eat (actually, I did offer them some today, but they weren't that interested)

Rosemary

  • Joined Oct 2007
  • Barry, Angus, Scotland
    • The Accidental Smallholder
Re: Any practical uses for conkers?
« Reply #1 on: October 03, 2008, 08:17:43 pm »
Christmas tree decorations. Not very practical though.

garden cottage

  • Joined Sep 2008
  • forest of dean
Re: Any practical uses for conkers?
« Reply #2 on: October 05, 2008, 09:09:53 pm »

If you boil the living life from them and changed the water about 5 times that has been "Tanned" or poisoned, then you are left eventually with a nut type item.
This can then be crushed and used in a Bannock "Bread type substance" or as a Coffee substitue such as chicory.
                 found this on internet obviously try at your own risk!

Rosemary

  • Joined Oct 2007
  • Barry, Angus, Scotland
    • The Accidental Smallholder
Re: Any practical uses for conkers?
« Reply #3 on: October 06, 2008, 07:42:54 pm »
I think I'd stick to Chrsitmas decorations  :)

Fluffywelshsheep

  • Joined Oct 2007
  • Near Stirling, Central Scotland
Re: Any practical uses for conkers?
« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2009, 06:48:25 pm »
http://selfsufficientish.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=29&t=3433&start=0&st=0&sk=t&sd=a
just found on the ish site for you (just read used for spider replentant)

Hardfeather

  • Guest
Re: Any practical uses for conkers?
« Reply #5 on: January 13, 2009, 11:21:48 am »
If all that fails, they are excellent for growing chestnut trees....... ;) ;D ;D

MrRee

  • Joined Jan 2008
Re: Any practical uses for conkers?
« Reply #6 on: January 13, 2009, 05:33:21 pm »
Been thinking about this one all day,and the only thing I can come up with is.........
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How good are you are knitting conkers?
They donít join cliques ó more times than not, they stand alone ó but they recognize and gravitate towards one another. Only warriors understand other warriors.

rustyme

  • Guest
Re: Any practical uses for conkers?
« Reply #7 on: January 13, 2009, 05:41:57 pm »
eh what was that Linz ?

you found a shite site  ...?

can't be that bad surely ?  ::) ;D

Russ

chickens

  • Joined Jan 2008
Re: Any practical uses for conkers?
« Reply #8 on: January 13, 2009, 08:19:08 pm »
Put them in the corners of your rooms and they keep the spiders away.


woodsman

  • Joined Dec 2008
Re: Any practical uses for conkers?
« Reply #9 on: January 21, 2009, 06:10:06 pm »
hi , not sure about this , but i think there was a company wanting to buy conkers for some sort of fandango cosmic hippy hair shampoo ? And ,on the other side of the coin , were they trialled during 2nd ww as a part of dat explosive stuff  ?
 Really don't know where i get this from , could have been a dream .
If it's too steep to plough , put sheep on it , if the sheep fall off , plant trees .

Guy

  • Joined Feb 2008
  • East Devon
Re: Any practical uses for conkers?
« Reply #10 on: January 21, 2009, 06:19:57 pm »
Put them in the corners of your rooms and they keep the spiders away.


isnt that for vampires ?? :D
relax and enjoy life - let others do the worrying

garden cottage

  • Joined Sep 2008
  • forest of dean
Re: Any practical uses for conkers?
« Reply #11 on: January 29, 2009, 05:39:44 pm »
cant stop laughing..........rusty

Carolinajim

  • Joined Dec 2008
  • Eastern North Carolina, USA
    • Red Bay Farm
Re: Any practical uses for conkers?
« Reply #12 on: April 14, 2009, 12:23:47 am »
OK I will change my name to the baffled yank.  Are conkers horse chestnuts or some other thing...

The horse chestnuts here are the fruit of the Osage Orange (a big fragrant grapefruit sized thing)...are we talking about something else?

Translation :farmer:?

I imagine it is this

not this
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doganjo

  • Joined Aug 2012
  • Clackmannanshire
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Re: Any practical uses for conkers?
« Reply #13 on: April 14, 2009, 01:50:32 pm »
Yes, you are right - it's the smaller fruit  of these two pictures.  The nuts inside are strung on pieces of string and the kids have 'conker' games, hitting each others conkers.  There is another variety called Sweet Chestnut and the fruits of these can be cooked and eaten.
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