This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V23", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
The daily papers are full of accounts of the wonderful properties of the "pig-nut" in fattening horses in Germany. And the horses like them. They chew them with a relish whenever they get hold of one. Our readers had better not try American horses with "pig-nuts," unless some equine dentist discovers how to iron their teeth, for our hickory nuts, to which the pig-nut belongs, would be hard chewing. But herein is the beauty of a common name, and we commend it to our good friend, The Garden. To the thousands of people who have read about these "pig-nuts" the time spent in reading is all lost, nobody knowing what the "pig-nut" can be. It cannot be Carya porcina. For the present, thanks to a "common" name, the "Pig-nut" will not be "common to American horses." Even when we do know what this 'pig-nut" is, we shall have to tell the reader that it is not "that other pig-nut, Carya porcina. nor that other pig-nut, Cyperus hydra."