West Danby hybrid chestnuts are seed grown trees from excellent parent trees in Danby, NY. They are complex hybrids that contain genes from American, Chinese, Japanese, and European chestnut trees. Seedlings perform well in all categories important to the chestnut grower: nut size/taste, blight resistance, and cold hardiness. Popularized by Akiva Silver at Twisted Tree Farm, the West Danby Chestnut is a good fit for more northern growers who are a bit too far north to grow many Chinese chestnut varieties.
If you aren’t already familiar with chestnuts, they are essentially a grain-growing tree. This is said because the nuts contain far more starch than fat or protein. Basically anything that can be made with corn can be made with chestnuts. The American chestnuts were wiped out by a devastating blight in the early twentieth century, which is why hybrids are grown today. The additional genetics from Chinese and Japanese chestnut trees convey resistance to the blight.
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