The buckeye nut is a nut from a tree often referred to as the Ohio Buckeye or the American Buckeye (Aesculus glabra).
The tree gained its unusual name because of the buckeye nut, which bears an uncanny resemblance to the eye of a male deer, aka “buck”. The nut starts out as a round, prickly fruit. When the fruit ripen in September, the hull opens and falls away, revealing the nut. The trees and their nuts are of little practical use, but the tree has grit! It grows where others cannot, is difficult to kill, and adapts to its circumstances.
The buckeye nut has also been seen as a good luck charm! Just like a rabbit’s foot or a four-leaf clover, carry a buckeye in your pocket to attract good fortune. Just don’t eat the buckeye nut, as it contains dangerous toxins. Buckeye candy, made to resemble the tree’s nut, is made by dipping a ball of peanut butter fudge in milk chocolate, leaving a circle of the peanut butter exposed…now those you can eat!