Beech mast

Beech mast
Beech mast

 

Beech trees do not start flowering and producing nuts until they are mature then every five years or so they will produce a crop of “mast” which carpets the ground.

For the Bristol European Green Capital 2015 arts fringe it was decided to record the sound of beech mast falling from a tree on The Downs.  Unfortunately flawed logic selected a tree on the grounds that it had a bumper crop of mast in 2014!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-34410100

Beech nuts can be ground for flour but the skin of the nuts (inside the spiky husks) contains tannins which are bitter and act as a digestive inhibitor.  Perhaps this is another food source best left for the squirrels and wild food enthusiasts.

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