D3. Malabar Chestnut Tree

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Malabar chestnut trees have shiny green palmate leaves with long lanceolate leaflets and a smooth bark that is often green and ages to a shiny brown.  Its showy flowers have long, narrow cream-colored buds that open like a banana peel to expose their yellow-orange stamens.  

The edible nuts of the tree grow in a woody pod that ranges in size from around 5 to nearly 12 inches long.  The nutritious nuts inside are about the size and shape of a cashew.  They are light brown, striped with white and have a flavor similar to peanuts when eaten raw.  They can also be cooked or ground into flour.  In addition to the nuts, the leaves and flowers are also edible.