My inlaws have a gorgeous Poinciana tree in their courtyard (NOTE: picture is NOT their tree). This year we noticed huge cigar looking pods hanging from it. December 26th, 2010 we took home these.
Breaking them with our feet - no luck.
Metal hinged nutcracker - no not like in the ballet - no luck.
Neal got out a multi-tool pocket knife and tried with what looked like a very pointy can opener blade.
I got a small hammer and a flathead screwdriver.
Neal got six seeds done and I got 40 done!
We bought two large bags of potting soil at Sam's today and 250 16 oz plastic drinking cups. Tomorrow we plant!
It took us a long time to do these and all I could say is I'm glad we don't have to eat these to survive!