Twenty-four images of European Beech, Fagus sylvatica a member of the Beech Family (Fagaceae). European Beech is one of Europe's largest trees, the nuts of which (called mast) were used as a food in times of famine. Their seed oil has been used as a cooking oil in Europe. Tar derived from the wood was formerly used as a an expectorant in bronchitis, and applied externally for various skin diseases. One of Europe's most important deciduous hardwoods. The beech forests depicted here are at Biogradska Gora National Park in Montenegro, protected since 1878.