By Wolf D. Storl
That includes gardening information, recipes, and lovely full-color pencil drawings of every vegetable, this ebook for farm-to-fork aficionados and gardeners with an esoteric bent explores the key historical past of forty eight popular and infrequent greens, reading 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 bargains his deep knowing of the speculation of biodynamic gardening and priceless tips about mild and heat, floor covers, composts, crop rotation and weeds. Woven in with people stories and tales from historical past, each one access additionally comprises 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.
Plants are, as the great plant enthusiast Goethe declared, both sensory and extrasensory beings. They can “talk” to our souls; they can communicate with us in our dreams. They have a very long history of interaction with human beings. The garden vegetables readily lend themselves to being interpreted as plant devas, ones especially friendly to humans. The Healing Power of Vegetables The commonly known vegetable plants in our gardens are much more than just primitive life forms capable of producing and storing various carbohydrates, proteins, and compounds that feed and heal us.
Vegetable gardens, like ornamental gardens or parks, ought to be esthetic places, full of blossoms attracting butterflies and songbirds alike. But the intention isn’t just for show; in this there is ecological and even utilitarian value as well. The nectar of the flowers, for example, lures hovering flies that devour aphids (plant lice); links such as this contribute to a vibrant, hardy ecosystem. One way to look at a vegetable garden is to see it as a “landing site” for beings of another (spiritual) dimension to manifest themselves.
A Curious History of Vegetables: Aphrodisiacal and Healing Properties, Folk Tales, Garden Tips, and Recipes by Wolf D. Storl