How to Find and Pick Buckeyes




In Ohio there are two big things that start in the fall.

1. The leaves start to change colors

2. The Ohio State Buckeyes start their season

While not a big football fan, I do enjoy hunting for and collecting the actual buckeye nut from the buckeye trees.

If you are ever in the Buckeye state here is a quick guide to show you how to find and pick your own buckeyes.

Step 1: Find the Tree

The first step in looking for buckeyes is to find a buckeye tree either in the woods are a park.

There is a great little park nearby my house that has a few buckeye trees scattered around. There are 2 obvious signs to look for when finding a buckeye tree

1. Look at the leaves - a buckeye tree has very distinct leaves, which is a bunching of five oval shaped leaves.

2. In the fall buckeye trees are one of the first to turn color - If you are looking for buckeyes you often go in the early fall when the buckeyes are falling. Buckeye tree leaves will also be one of the first ones to change colors so keep an eye out for a tree with a lot of changing colors in late August and early September

Step 2: Collect Buckeyes

Not many people know that the actual nut of the buckeye comes in a protective coating that will usually crack when ripe.

Buckeyes will also often fall from the tree once ripened so a great place to start buckeye hunting is on the ground. If they are not on the ground look for spiked brown bunches hanging from the tree. If they are more green and yellow that is often a sign that the buckeye is not ripened yet.

Step 3: Remove Outside Casing

After collecting from the tree you have to remove the outside casing to get to the actual nut inside. Sometimes this might take a little work to dig the buckeye out.

Step 4: Finished

And now you have your buckeye!



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    5 Discussions

    AmandaW138miss softpaw

    Reply 2 years ago

    The Buckeye is the American version of the European Horse Chestnut (aka Conker). :)


    3 years ago

    What do you do now? Can you eat them? Sorry, I am not familiar with buckeyes, I live on the east coast.

    2 replies

    Reply 2 years ago

    I forgot to mention that humans cannot eat the Buckeye nut as is. I believe there is a lengthy process involved in making them edible for humans however I'm not familiar with it. We stick to eating the Peanut Butter and Chocolate candy version of the Buckeye :)


    Reply 2 years ago

    Buckeye has been used by people for health purposes since ancient times. Arthritis, Hemorrhoids, Varicose Veins, reduction of Edema and as a salve to heal rashes and sores.
    In Ohio we make necklaces, bracelets, and earrings with them as a way to show our team spirit for The Ohio State Buckeyes!