Earthnut

(Conopodium majus) Its tuberous rootstock is edible, especially when roasted like a chestnut, which it rather resembles. It can be eaten raw, too, scraped and washed (Mabey. 1972). Hardly anybody bothers these days, not even children. But Cuckoo Potatoes is what they are called in Ireland, or else Fairy Potatoes, for this plant belongs to the fairies in general, and the leprechaun in particular. But why should it be ascribed to the devil in Yorkshire? For that is what Bad Man's Bread means, a name made more explicit as Devil's Bread or Devil's Oatmeal (Grigson. 1955).

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