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The common name "horse-chestnut" is reported as having originated from the erroneous belief that the tree was a kind of chestnut (though in fact only distantly related), together with the observation that eating the fruit cured horses of chest complaints, despite this plant being poisonous to horses!

Conker (horsechestnut)

  • These conkers are made from clay and are not edible. The conkers are not removable from the shells which are not all the same colour. Some are also spikier than others.