During our latest nature walk . . .
Jack: "Mommy, who eats pinecones?"
Me: "Hmm. I don’t know if anyone eats pinecones. People don’t eat pinecones, and I don’t know of any animals that eat pinecones."
"How about turtles? Do turtles eat pinecones?"
"Um. I don’t think so."
"I think turtles eat pinecones."
"Let’s look it up when we get home."
"Okay. Turtles eat pinecones."
After looking it up online, we found out that indeed, certain animals do eat pinecones–namely squirrels and birds. Some varieties of pinecones contain seeds, and the seeds can be eaten. Who knew? I thought they were just for holiday wreaths and other strange miniature crafts. And for general kicking around.