Pignut





I will italicize the _pignut_ because, though I have never eaten it, I

once tried to, and the first taste was all-sufficient. Some writers tell

us that the flavor is sweet or slightly bitter. It was the decidedly

bitter kind that I found lying temptingly clean and white under the

tree. The thin outer husk of the pignut is not much larger than the nut.

It is broader at the top than at the stem, where it narrows almost to a

point. The husk does not open as freely as that of the other

hickory-nuts. It is inclined to cling to the nut; in some cases it only

partially opens and drops with the nut.





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