By Wolf D. Storl
That includes gardening suggestions, recipes, and gorgeous full-color pencil drawings of every vegetable, this booklet for farm-to-fork aficionados and gardeners with an esoteric bent explores the key historical past of forty eight popular and infrequent greens, interpreting their symbolism, astrological connections, therapeutic homes, and total character.
a desirable creation to vegetable gardening and cooking, A Curious background of Vegetables units horticulture in its historic, cultural, and cosmological contexts. the writer deals his deep knowing of the speculation of biodynamic gardening and beneficial pointers on mild and heat, floor covers, composts, crop rotation and weeds. Woven in with folks stories and tales from heritage, each one access additionally contains scrumptious historic recipes for every vegetable.
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Illustration 10. Aristocratic vegetable asparagus (illustration by Molly Conner-Ogorzaly, from B. B. 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.
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. Because they have given themselves over to human care, gardeners must indeed carefully tend to their needs; they must water them, protect them from being eaten by animals, and keep the comparatively more robust weeds from stifling them. And though this tending takes effort, most modern people believe that gardening is quite an improvement over hunting and gathering in the wild.
When it is in Scorpio, Sagittarius, or Capricorn, it is less powerful than when it is in Gemini, Cancer, or Leo. So called “short-day” plants—such as rice, millet, cotton, dahlia, Jerusalem artichoke, chrysanthemum, or soybean—blossom when the sun reaches Virgo and the days start to grow shorter than the nights. Long-day plants—such as carrots, cabbage, fava beans, beets, spinach, or lettuces—need, by contrast, more than twelve hours of sun each day in order to be able to blossom. For this reason, they never reach the blossom stage in the tropics.
A Curious History of Vegetables: Aphrodisiacal and Healing Properties, Folk Tales, Garden Tips, and Recipes by Wolf D. Storl