Food from the forests

Forests have always been essential to man: as food, for industries and even for health. Oaks for instance is appreciated for its wood, which is very good quality and is sold at a high price to cabinetmakers and carpenters. Oak wood is used to make valuable furniture, veneers and often wine casks.
Plants used for food include walnut trees, which are also widely appreciated for the quality of their wood, which is used in high-quality carpentry, and chestnut trees.
Chestnuts trees, native to the Mediterranean regions, are generally grown for their fruits, the chestnuts, which are eaten cooked or ground into flour to make bread. Men have been feeding on chestnuts since time immemorial. Chestnut forests are also appreciated by hunters, since wild boars which eat chestnuts like to stay there. Chestnut wood is used in carpentry, as firewood and to make vineyards stakes that can stay planted for a long time without rotting. Chestnut wood can also keep away maggots and woodworms and is used therefore to protect linen.
Willows are mainly known for their healing properties: their bark for instance contains salicylic acid, commonly known as aspirin.

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