A Curious History of Vegetables: Aphrodisiacal and Healing by Wolf D. Storl

By Wolf D. Storl

That includes gardening advice, recipes, and gorgeous full-color pencil drawings of every vegetable, this e-book for farm-to-fork aficionados and gardeners with an esoteric bent explores the key historical past of forty eight popular and infrequent greens, analyzing their symbolism, astrological connections, therapeutic houses, and total character.
a desirable creation to vegetable gardening and cooking, A Curious heritage of Vegetables units horticulture in its ancient, cultural, and cosmological contexts. the writer bargains his deep realizing of the idea of biodynamic gardening and invaluable pointers on gentle and heat, floor covers, composts, crop rotation and weeds. Woven in with folks stories and tales from historical past, each one access additionally contains scrumptious historic recipes for every vegetable.

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Simpson and M. Conner-Ogorzaly, Economic Botany, 1986, 236) In the seventeenth century asparagus began to be cultivated in central Europe as a vegetable and a medicinal plant; from that time forward it finds mention in herbal books. In the apothecaries the root was called “officinal”—from which comes the botanical name officinalis—which means it was in the officinarum, the workroom of the apothecaries. This also means that asparagus root was recognized by the Galenic doctors as a proper medicine, specifically for “blood thinning,” for “hip pain” (rheumatism, sciatica), hepatitis, kidney stones, and urinary disorders.

We are not meshed with our natural surroundings in the same way. We witness continuing globalization in the supermarket, and even our modern gardens display a potpourri of plants originating from all over the world. In a single vegetable garden one may see, for example, Chinese cabbage originally from East Asia, tomatoes and beans from the jungle areas of South America, Jerusalem artichokes or “sun chokes,” from the North American prairie, eggplant from India, and okra from Africa. Many of them are giants compared to their original wild form; they have bigger cells and less cellulose than did their wild relatives, and most have lost their bitter or poisonous aspects, stickers, or thorns.

Transfer to a serving tureen. SAUCE: In a medium pan sauté the rhubarb in butter until nicely blended, about 5 minutes. Add honey. Season with herbal salt and pepper. Add the vinegar and vegetable broth and let simmer for about 20 minutes. Stir in the basil and serve with the asparagus tureen. Bean (Phaseolus vulgaris, Phaseolus coccineus, Vicia faba) Plant Family: Fabaceae, Leguminosae, or Papilionaceae: bean, legume, or pea family Other Names or Varieties: navy beans, pinto beans, black beans, kidney beans, lima beans Phaseolus vulgaris: common bean, green bean, French bean Phaseolus coccineus: runner bean, scarlet runner bean, pole bean Vicia faba: fava bean, broad bean, Windsor bean, horse bean, pigeon bean Healing Properties: lowers damaging LDL cholesterol; regulates the large intestine; promotes urination (diuretic); beneficial for adult-onset diabetes Symbolic Meaning: souls of the dead, death and rebirth, sexuality, poverty, foolishness Planetary affiliation: Venus, Saturn Our common green beans were originally climbers in the South American tropics.

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