Saturday, August 23, 2014
A few years ago, my sister Elizabeth and her husband Kalang came over from Borneo for a fleeting visit.
So we went to a public park where we saw this tree with lots of nuts under it. It looked like macademia nuts.
When Mum moved to her Australian house, the neighbour had a giant macademia tree. It had branches growing over to our section. Mum and I would pick the nuts on our side of the garden. Dad told us off that it wasn't very good to start off as new neighbours stealing their nuts. I joked about the anecdote of the fruit outside the fence, our aunties' famous saying.
I am quite confident that this tree with all the nuts lying on the ground was a macademia tree. We started collecting the nuts. We got home and with my nut cracker, I opened a nut and served it to Elizabeth. It was bitter.
Uncle D said it probably isn't macademia, and it could be poisonous. I had tried to poison my sister. We remembered a mushroom poisoning incident in the family.
What an experience! We felt "Nuts."
It's most likely to be horse chestnuts which indeed is poisonous.