Pignut: the pigs nut | Nature Notes from Dorset

Pignut (Conopodium majus) may seem an odd name for a flower and one might ponder on how it came about! The answer is quite simple; pignut is a member of the carrot family and as such has a well formed tap root which is more bulbous and not as long as carrots you might buy at the greengrocers (or, more likely these days, the supermarket). It is, in fact, nut shaped and was sought out and eaten by free ranging pigs who had a real taste for them. The plant became known as the pigs nut and is also called groundnut, earthnut and hognut.
Members of the carrot family can be tricky to sort out but pignut is quite a small flower but has the classic umbelifer head that is common across the whole family.

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