[LMB] Curse of Chalion: boars

Gordon Jackson gordon at gordonj.net
Mon Apr 2 10:03:53 BST 2018

Roast chestnuts remain a popular Christmas time street food here in the UK. People sell them from portable braziers. 

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On Apr 01, 2018, at 06:53 PM, Howard Brazee <howard at brazee.net> wrote:
>>At one time, Chestnuts were huge supplier of food and feed in eastern 
>>United States. Huge. I haven’t seen them surviving in any fantasy 
>>novels though.<<

In Santa Cruz County, there are American chestnuts which escaped the great chestnut blight of the early 20th C. I've stood under one of them, and they certainly are spreading and shady.
"Soon after [1911], though, the American chestnuts were nearly wiped out by chestnut blight. The discovery of the blight fungus on some Asian chestnut trees planted on Long Island, New York, was made public in 1904. Within 40 years, the nearly four billion-strong American chestnut population in North America was devastated; only a few clumps of trees remained in Michigan, Wisconsin, California and the Pacific Northwest."

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