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Kobashi will be including a range of products using Beechnut oil.

BEECHNUT.US is part of an overall strategy for Kobashi. Beechnut
carrier oil and blended oils with beechnut oil are the product range
that we researched and have under development. Beechnut
Fagus grandifolia, F. sylvatica (Family, Fagaceae)
* A soothing oil from the nut is used as a carrier.

Fagus grandifolia

Family: Fagaceae

American Beech

Beech (Fagus spp.) contains eight species which grow in Asia [4],
Europe (F. sylvatica), and North America (F. grandifolia). The word
fagus is the classical Latin name, from the Greek word meaning to
eat, in reference to the edible beechnuts. All species look alike
microscopically.

Fagus grandifolia- beech, Carolina beech, gray beech, red beech,
ridge beech, stone beech, white beech, winter beech.
Edible Uses
Coffee; Inner bark; Leaves; Oil; Seed.

Young leaves - raw or cooked as a potherb[183]. A very nice mild
flavour but the leaves quickly become tough so only the youngest
should be used. New growth is usually produced for 2 periods of 3
weeks each year, one in spring and one in mid-summer.

Seed - raw or cooked. Small but very sweet and nutritious[82, 117,
171, 183, 227], it is sold in local markets in Canada and some parts
of America[82]. Rich in oil, the seed also contains up to 22%
protein[213]. The raw seed should not be eaten in large quantities
since it is believed to cause enteritis[159, 226]. It can be dried
and ground into a powder, then used with cereal flours in making
bread, cakes etc[183]. The germinating seeds can be eaten raw, they
are tender, crisp, sweet and nutty[183].

The roasted seed is a coffee substitute[183, 213].

An edible semi-drying oil is obtained from the seed[177, 183].

Inner bark[177]. Dried, ground into a powder and then used as a
thickening in soups etc or mixed with cereals when making bread[213].

Links to information on Beechnut:

http://biology.usgs.gov/npsveg/grsm/fagcar.html

http://www.msue.msu.edu/imp/mod03/01700395.html

http://www.biosurvey.ou.edu/shrub/fagr.htm

http://www.freetrees.org/trees/Itree.cfm?ID=131

http://www.fs.fed.us/database/feis/plants/tree/faggra/introductory.html

http://www.na.fs.fed.us/spfo/pubs/silvics_manual/Volume_2/fagus/grandifolia.htm

http://www.dnr.state.wi.us/org/land/forestry/treeid/TreePgs/fagusgrand.htm

http://www.wellesley.edu/Activities/homepage/web/Species/pbeechamerican.html

http://www.fw.vt.edu/dendro/dendrology/syllabus/fgrandifolia.htm

http://wildwnc.org/trees/Fagus_grandifolia.html

http://www2.fpl.fs.fed.us/TechSheets/HardwoodNA/htmlDocs/fagus1.html

http://biology.smsu.edu/Herbarium/Plants%20of%20the%20Interior%20Highlands/photographs_of_flowering_plants_F.htm

http://www.nobleplants.com/classnotes/fall/fallprofiles/fagusgrand.htm

http://www.hortpix.com/pc1800.htm

http://www.science.ubc.ca/~frst111/cgi-bin/db_gallery/expand.cgi?search=206

http://www.geocities.com/RainForest/7536/

http://svinet2.fs.fed.us/database/feis/plants/tree/faggra/value_and_use.html

http://www.ierm.ed.ac.uk/research/sucre/fagus.htm

http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/forestry/

http://www.seedsearch.demon.co.uk/sf.html

http://www.aablewoodenfloors.co.uk/new_page_8.htm

http://www.comp.leeds.ac.uk/cgi-bin/pfaf/arr_html?Fagus+grandifolia&CAN=LATIND

http://www.ulstermuseum.org.uk/flora/default.htm?item=3840

http://www.pennine.demon.co.uk/Arboretum/Fasy.htm

http://northmoortrust.co.uk/forestry/beech.htm

http://www.craft-experience.co.uk/beech.html

http://www.dur.ac.uk/~deb0www/dubg/beech.html

http://project.bio.iastate.edu/trees/campustrees/FagusGra/Fagus_text.html

http://www.il-st-acad-sci.org/trees/beech.html

http://www.bioimages.org.uk/HTML/T885.HTM

http://www.botanical.com/botanical/mgmh/b/beech-27.html

http://www.ddgi.es/espais/ifaig.htm

http://www.brickfieldspark.org/data/beech.htm

http://www.science.ubc.ca/~frst111/cgi-bin/db_gallery/expand.cgi?search=205

http://www.rfs.org.uk/totm/beimage.htm

http://iee.umces.edu/~ceroni/CV/node7.html

http://www-ang.kfunigraz.ac.at/~oberma/baum-dias/fagus-sylvatica.htm

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