I have not written to my beloved Amelia for these many weeks past, for what news was there to tell of the sayings and doings at Humdrum Hall, as I have christened it; and what do you care whether the turnip crop is good or bad; whether the fat pig weighed thirteen stone or fourteen; and whether the beasts thrive well upon mangelwurzel
? Every day since I last wrote has been like its neighbour.
In the morning I was told to weed a field of mangelwurzel
which was confusing as I hadn't a clue which was weed and which was wurzel.
The tradition is believed to have originated in Ireland where turnips, mangelwurzel
(a kind of a long turnip) or beets were carved with grotesque faces to represent spirits or goblins.
From crosses of leaf beets with table beets came the fodder beet or mangel, an abbreviation of the German word mangelwurzel
. Their roots can weigh up to 20 pounds.
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TH| annual West Country sport of mangelwurzel
hurling has been cancelled because of a lack of mangolds.