This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V26", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
What a pity it is that this delicious little nut should be so attractive to the "worms." The common chestnut is very liable to be wormy, but it is very rare that a single chinquapin escapes - at least so far as our observation goes. In nurseries plants have to be raised by sowing the seeds immediately when ripe, with every encouragement for the roots to push at once; for if left a few weeks there is nothing left to grow. It is almost impossible to send the nuts any dis-distance with a chance of many growing afterwards. In New Jersey the bushes seldom get over five feet high, but in North Carolina the writer has seen them with trunks a foot through, and perhaps twenty-five feet high. On the hills about the battlefield of Gettysburg they are also of this height, but more as bushes than tree form.