I happen to have a good local wild supply of beechnuts. They tend to be high up but it could be a fun challenge to use the climbing aspect of the gathering process as excercise. I have heard that if you roast them they are good but an acquired taste, and likewise if you grind the roast nuts to make a coffee-like beverage. Has anyone tried beechnuts or beechnut coffee and would you recommend going through the trouble?
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I have found beechnuts [Fagus grandifolia] delicious raw or prepared. The problem for most of us is the erratic nature of production. In Michigan, where I live, they only produce large crops every few years, sometimes after 5, 7, or 8 (or whatever) years. This is an evolutionary 'strategy' that prevents any creature from depending upon it. And, of course, when the parent tree lives for 100 to 350 years, there will be plenty of reproductive chances. I consider them so valuable that I never considered them as a coffee substitute (as they have zero caffeine content).