Pignut

Latin name: Conopodium majus

Family: Apiaceae

As its name suggests, the Pignut was once a foodstuff for pigs. But the plant which is sometimes called 'earthnut' was gathered and eaten by humans too. The pignut is one of the most common members of the carrot family to occur in the Yorkshire Dales National Park and it is the tuberous root of the plant which is edible.

The plant is widespread in meadows, pastures, woods and roadside verges. The dainty clusters of flowers appear during June and July and its appearance can cause a meadow or woodland to appear white from a distance.

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Wharfedale in Yorkshire is a valley favoured by nature and enriched by romance. From 'Wharfedale' by Ella Pontefract & Marie Hartley

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