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Beware the Pig Nut!

Discussion in 'Flora & Fauna' started by Broch, Jun 6, 2019.

  1. Janne

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    Yeah. That’s what it’s supposed to mean when thy advertise “roasted.” Only that ain’t what happens.
     
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    They can do what they want, dry roasted ones are still disgusting.

    I remembered that we indeed use raw peanuts in cooking, in a couple SE Asian dishes.
    Nice!

    I jave never tried the British Isles named Pignut. For some reason it is not part of a Scandi bush food repertoir.
     
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    santaman2000 M.A.B (Mad About Bushcraft)

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    Janne M.A.B (Mad About Bushcraft)

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    Wow!
    Haute Cuidine, on the level of the Scottish Fried Mars bar!
     
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    santaman2000 M.A.B (Mad About Bushcraft)

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    Except Coke and peanuts is well over a century old.
     
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    Janne M.A.B (Mad About Bushcraft)

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    Your Arteries look well over 100 years old after eating Fried Mars Bars.

    Coke ( and Pepsi) are the best US inventions.
    I love Pepsi.
     
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    Janne M.A.B (Mad About Bushcraft)

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    No, second best. The twist off cap on some US erzats beer bottles is the best. I can not understand why not every bottle has them.
    Ingenious!
     
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    Pignuts are a tasty crunchy of a munch. I grow them in big clay pots in the garden so that I can harvest them, but they're common round here, both along woodland paths and in grass verges. They roast well with care.
    Woody girl's right, they're like a water chestnut type bite.

    Talking of which, water chestnuts were once a staple food stuff of the European mesolithic.

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    The reason I quoted the scientific name in the opening post was to avoid confusion with our members over the pond; maybe that failed :)

    To be honest I have an allergic reaction to a number of raw foods sadly now (never used to) - including cucumber, celery, and even, these days, raw carrot!! Peanuts aren't actually a nut either are they - but a lot of people react to them as well as other nuts. My theory is it is the very 'light oils' that get driven off with heat that I react to.

    I've never tried using them in stir fries! I'll give that a go. I'm going to miss just chomping on them walking through the woods though and I'm going to have to be very careful when I persuade other people to try them (which I do regularly).
     
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    They are so easy to gather in our wood amongst the loam that there's no need to grow them in pots and none of that fiddly 'follow the stem down to the tuber' bit.
     
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    Havnt had a pig nuts for some time. I realy miss them. I don't think they grow in my vicinity due to the moorland soil. I do get a lot of other things instead.wild whortleberry for one.
    I did find a small patch of three or four one March in a private wood about 20 miles away I had snuck into ( for an emergency break ) but obviously I couldn't take them....... well I lie I did dig one up but felt very guilty. It was delicious though! Bad girl!
     
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    I'll bring some to the Moot :)
     
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    Seems to be a good year for them but ours grow out in the open - there was a small paddock covered in them but I turned some sheep out in there yesterday and they seem keen on everything other than the grass.

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    Never tried them but will give it a go. :)
     
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    Oh yes please! Any chance of some seeds? I'd love to be able to add some to my collection of wild food in my garden. I'd have to put them in a pot as my soil isn't great. But I'd love to grow them for myself. I'd be eternally grateful.
     
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    Lucky fellow, we're on heavy blue clay here, the wee tubers form below the leaf litter rich topsoil and bed themselves firmly into the clay. Thus the pots of home grown compost :)

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    In some parts of southern Europe, chestnuts were a staple until well into modern times.

    When I was a kid, peanuts in their shell were called monkey nuts, but I don't know whether they were raw or cooked in some way. We also used to buy tiger nuts.
     
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    I’d heard (on this forum) of pigmuts before, but until this thread I had no idea what they were. Thanks for posting it!
     
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    The flowers, leaves and roots are proving popular - I’d better get a move on if I want some!

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