¶Of Fago. cap. 63.
Page 292*A Béeth is called Fagus, and is a trée, & the matter therof is néedful in ma∣ny things. And lib. 17. Isidore sayth, that the Béeth is a Tree that beareth mast, and hath name Fagus, for sometime men liued by the fruit thereof, and tooke meate théreof. For Fage is Gréeke, and that is to say eate, as Isidore saith, libro 17. cap. 7. And he sayeth, that the mast of the Béech is cornered, closed in a smooth skin, and is lyke to a Nut kernell, but the rind is more soft. The marrow therof is derest to mise, and fatteth Glires, that séemeth Mise, and be somewhat more in quantitie. And this fruit accordeth with Culuours and Turtles, and feedeth and nourisheth them. The rind of this trée is full profitable, and namelye among the north Picts, for therof is made vessel, ser∣uing to diuerse vses and dooing, as hee saith, cap. 10. Also there it is sayde, that mast therof is ful swéet, and nourishing, and féeding. And flesh of beasts that bee fedde therewith is full profitable, and may bo sodde and is light. The Trée is not full sadde and fast in substaunce, but pory and full of hoales, and dureth there∣fore not ful long, as he saith, neuerthéles the substaunce therof accordeth to many things, as to make shingles, and other things that belongeth to building. And substance of Béech that is cleane & pure, & not eaten with wormes, is most néedful to Glasiers craft, for of ashes therof with other things, & with blast of fire, glasse is craftely arayed, and lyttle fuell is founde that accordeth so wel in euery manner to so wonderfull a work. The trée is smooth with many pores, & is soone eaten with wormes, and rotteth soone. And is soone cloue and set on fire, as Plinius mea∣neth. And Béech beareth some flowres, as the Trée Tilia doth, but not so well smelling. Neuerthelesse Bées haunt the flowres therof, & gather wilde honnie in hollownesse of trées.
(*Men doe not gather these Nuts of the Béech for mans vse, yet Béech is sweete and good for to cat, and almost as good in medicine, as is the kernell of the Pine apple.)