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Pignut

Conopodium majus

Plant Data

Order:
Apiales
Family:
Apiaceae (Carrot)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
White umbels, 7cm across, no lower bracts, 5 white stamens, 5 white curly petals.
Fruit:
An oblong, ridged fruit (mericarp), up to 4mm long.
Leaves:
Finely divided, alternate, feathery, needle-like leaves.
Maximum Size:
40cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
The starchy root (tuber) is edible, raw or cooked. The taste of Pignut has been described as being nutty with a peppery aftertaste. However, there are differing opinions on the taste of Pignut and it has also been described as tasting like chestnut, hazelnut, sweet potato, and Brazil nut. Each plant has a single edible brown tuber.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Other Names:
Arnut, Cipernut, Earth Chestnut, Earth Nut, Earth Pignut, Groundnut, Hawknut, Hognut, Jarnut, Kippernut, Saint Anthony's nut.
Habitats:
Farmland, grassland, hedgerows, meadows, roadsides, woodland.