I found this little pinecone in the forest. It's absolutely fascinating how out of it's dead, decaying body, new life, new mushrooms grew. Things like this make me feel like there is a big circle in nature, where death is just the beginning for a new life.
Beech-nuts are little, delicious snacks you can find in European forests
I first learned about this little brown tree seeds, when I went hiking with my family. On Autumn-hikes, my father used to stop with us at beech trees, showing us the little beech-nuts laying around.
Nobody really seems to know that you can eat this little fruit. The seeds are very tasty, taste a bit sweet, a bit nutty, as the English name suggests.
The first thing you want to do when looking for this little fruit is searching for an beech-tree.
They look like this:
Beech trees produce their seeds when they are about 40-80 years old, so look for some bigger trees (they don't need to be huge, though).
You'll find the fruits laying around at the bottom of the tree, during Autumn time.
Here is what they look like:
As you can see in the image, once you found the little seeds, you want to remove their shell, much as with sunflower seeds. You can instantly try some of them in their raw form. They will taste sweet and nutty.
But don't eat too much raw seeds at once, since they contain the toxin "fagin". It will give you stomach aches if you really eat a lot. However, they are rather healthy, since they contain a lot of minerals, iron and zinc.
The toxin goes away once you roast them for a few minutes in the pan. And this also really brings out their flavor! So collect some beech-nuts and take them home with you. Once you roasted them you can use them as snacks or for a nice Autumnal salad.
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Sources for this article:
This Article of German nature conservation organization Nabu as well as what my dad told me.
Here is a little teaser for a game I'm making!
In "Root Dreams" you explore a tiny, remote island filled with a wonderful forest and crazy characters.
I don't do this project on my own! The character models are by Cestmir, some static models are by Keppu and the dialogue of rabbit and the old lady are by Paul Wendtland ;)
I create the world, the textures and also some models.
This has been on ice since I started studying game development and at the same time losing contact to Paul. Recently it came into my focus again. I really love the world, you could say there is a lot of me in there. Right now I'm trying to find someone to help me with the story. If this fails, I guess I'll need to level up my own writing skills ^^ Anyways, expect some pictures and videos of this in the next months!
P.S.: If you want to see how I'm making this, than take a look at this little behind-the-scenes timelapse I created: www.youtube.com/watch?v=6JLmbwhJPew
I created some little hideouts for animals at my parents place.
The hideouts are a safe spot for little animals, like snails or woodlouses, who need a wet, shady spot during the dry, warm day. I placed the rocks in a way that there is a little hollow part underneath them. Big enough for snails to get under them, but small enough to protect them from predators.
They are also great observation spots, to see more of the tiny life in the garden.
A snail even laid some little eggs under the rocks.
If you're interested in building your own little animal home, I wrote a step-by-step tutorial some time ago:
How to build a home for tiny animals