This is what it looks like still on the tree..
Or like this.. the spines are quite pokey and do hurt a bit if you hold them the wrong way.
This one fell to the ground and I found it just like this.. a little brown bum nut looking up at me from the mulch. Aww.. bum nut.
So I opened it up to have a peek inside, and found this! Almost heart shaped together, ya? Almost.
So I did some reading about Buckeye Nuts. Wiki wasn't too much help.. just technical stuff. But THIS SITE has the best opening paragraph ever about my nut.
Properties that the buckeye nut is said to have include: increased sexuality, help for headaches, rheumatism and arthritis, and are supposed to be quite lucky. In the past, they were used to make furniture, crates, pallets, caskets, and even artificial human limbs, or so this site says. Nowadays, they are used to make jewelry, but they're a bit big and gaudy for my liking, I think. Maybe I'll just carry one around for luck and less headaches.
So. Interesting stuff, hey? I'll probably have 6 of them this year. Want one?