Collecting the folklore and uses of plants

Common bent

1. As a child, evacuated to Elgin, Scotland, during World War II, I used to chew a grass which the local children called bread-and-cheese. I have since identified this as common bent, Agrostis tenuis [syn. A. capillaris]. In fact a local mound was called after it Bread-and-Cheese Hill. Chewing it now, it doesn’t taste a bit like bread and cheese [Stevenage, Hertfordshire, January 1993].

Image: C.A.M. Lindman, Bilder ur Nordens Flora, 1917-26.