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Gardening: Conquer conkers!

Byline: By STEVE RICHES

HOW I loved this time of a year as a kid, playing conkers. Did you know...

-CONKERS are the seed of the horse chestnut tree, introduced from the Balkans in the 17th Century.

-RICH in starch, they were soaked in lime water and fed to horses to make their coats shine.

-THE word comes from conch, seashells which were used in a similar game in medieval times.

-IN herbal medicine, they've been used to treat malaria, varicose veins, frostbite and ringworm.

-THE game was first played on the Isle of Wight in 1848.

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FUN GAME: Conkers
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Oct 16, 2005
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