Even though I'd read that pignuts grow sparsely, there seems to be an abundance at Woodsman's Cabin and so off we went with our puggling sticks. It wasn't easy though, and progress was slow until Bob tired of the foraging malarky and weighed in with his trusty spade, which brought faster results. (WARNING! this method of harvesting is strictly not recommended). They are quite tasty, a bit like a raw hazelnut but with slight celeryish undertones. By this stage though, we were still quite hungry so abandoned further foraging in favour of bacon sandwiches, (feeling lucky to live in a land of choice and plenty).
Further research reveals that the nuts in the song may be a corruption of 'knots' referring to hawthorn (or 'May') blossom, I'm sticking with the pignut version though.
|Pignuts at Woodsman's cabin.|
Proper instructions on how to forage for pignuts can be found here http://www.naturessecretlarder.co.uk/bushcraft-tutorials/pignut-foraging-tutorial-conopodium-majus.htm