I do not know why, but to me, that big flaky chestnut coming off was 100% more disgusting than cleaning his sheath! And he had a massive bean, it was about the size of a 50-cent piece. But these chestnuts are ickier than that. I have no idea why.
The back ones are even nastier. They are not peeling off nicely. They're big and hard and dry and horny and coming off, sort of, halfway, in wretched chunks.
Oooh, this is so gross!
I read on line about dealing with the big awful hard ones, and I glopped a bunch of store-brand aquaphor on them this morning. I really hope that this makes it easier to get those nasty things off.
Now that I've got the nasty ones on the front off, though - it's nice smooth skin where they were - is there something I can do to keep them from building way back up again? Or is this one of those things where you just wait for them to get big and awful and then deal with them?