Sunday, August 10

Mega nuts

The local digger or bull pines produce what are probably the largest nuts of any pine tree. Shown above with a fossil ichthus squishus flattus for scale, you can see that they’re something to behold. The shell is quite thick, though, so the flesh inside isn’t quite as large as you’d think. We found these on the morning walk, lying on the road uneaten by the squirrel(s) who cut the cones from the trees. It takes pliers to open them, though the ancient humans from the BP (Before Pliers) era probably just smashed them between a rock and a hard place.

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