Bittervetch

(Lathyrus montanus) The tubers can be eaten like potatoes, and in Holland, they were roasted like chestnuts, and they taste rather like chestnuts, too (G M Taylor). It is also used in the Hebrides for flavouring whisky (Murdoch McNeill), and the roots were chewed as a tobacco substitute in the Scottish Highlands (G M Taylor). Pennant observed that the roots dried "are the support of the highlanders in long journies; and a small quantity . will for a long time repel the attack of hunger." (Pennant. 1772).

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