Plant-Lore

Collecting the folklore and uses of plants

Pendulous sedge

1. My grandfather used to make biscuits from the seeds of pendulous sedge. Horrible biscuits. But always made them when we were up country – Neath Valley [Glamorgan]. You would mix up the wood sedge nuts. Grind them between two stones, get rid of the outer casing. Then add water or a little bacon fat. Then cook on a hot stone in a fire. Country people always spread the seeds, because they know the seeds are nutritious. So it’s important to spread the seeds [e-mail, June 2020].

Image: Tooting Common, London Borough of Wandsworth, June 2020.