These spiny things are all over our forest trail. Together with a mother-lode of hickory nuts, they carpet the forest floor. It is, as they say, a heavy mast year–which the old timers says look out for a doozy of a winter to come.
And the squirrels and chipmunks (and maybe turkey, ground hog, and others) will be harvesting the three-sided nuts for the winter soon to come. (You can see two nuts at 1:00 and 3:00 but out of focus.)
So what tree do these fruits come from? Have you seen them before? Are the nuts edible (not meaning you can chew and swallow and not puke or die) but “are they worth snacking on as you walk your walk?”
Nuts are some 1600 to the pound. They have to be separated from the spiny covering that will contain 2 to 4 nuts. Each nut then needs to be released from the seed case by the use of dexterous fingernails. They will be somewhat toxic until roasted.
So how hungry are you and what is it you’re about to eat?