Pig Nut/Earth Chestnut (Bunium bulbocastanum)

Clump-forming herbaceous perennial with delicate leaves and pretty white flowers.  Grows to about 60cm/2ft high.  Prefers sunny position but can tolerate shade. Easy to grow and requires little maintenance.

All parts of this plant are edible.  Leaves can be harvested in bulk throughout the growing season and added to salads or chopped and used to season dishes, much like parsley.  Seeds and flowers can be used as a cumin substitute.  The root of the Pig Nut sets clusters of small tubers that mature in late summer. Cooked and eaten, they have the flavour of sweet chestnuts.

Great at attracting beneficial insects too!


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