By Wolf D. Storl
That includes gardening counsel, recipes, and lovely 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 renowned and infrequent greens, analyzing 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 realizing of the idea of biodynamic gardening and worthwhile tips about mild and heat, flooring covers, composts, crop rotation and weeds. Woven in with people stories and tales from background, each one access additionally contains scrumptious old recipes for every vegetable.
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The sun’s radiant power enables plants to split the carbon dioxide that animals, microorganisms, and fungi exhale into its constituent elements: oxygen (O2) and carbon (C); and then to combine the carbon with water in order to synthesize it into energy-laden glucose, which is the basis of all organic molecules and the very foundation of all nourishment. By this process an estimated 200 billion tons of biomass are created yearly in the biosphere of our planet. Aristotle and other ancient Greek philosophers spoke about primal matter as dark, amorphous ur-substance, as Chaos.
Indeed, alchemists and medieval doctors drew up entire plant taxonomies on the basis of planetary signatures. By keenly observing the physiognomy of the plants, they recognized which planetary forces—or even which planetary gods—were at work in the respective plant. According to this classification, for example, the red beet was described as belonging to Mars, with a tinge of Jupiter and Saturn involved. The swallowwort or greater celandine, which contains yellow juice that tastes like bile, was ascribed to Jupiter, whose organ is the liver.
Similar concepts were held by Neolithic Europeans, who saw in their staple crops the sacrifice of the children of the Earth Goddess. At its core even Christianity contains the ancient belief of the sacrifice of the solar divinity and his resurrection into bread and wine. Illustration 5. Gardener on an old woodcarving For full-fledged materialists, tales such as these are nothing but superstitious nonsense. But whoever has dealt with plants intensively knows they are very much more than scientific botany—which restricts itself to only external empirical data—can explain.
A Curious History of Vegetables: Aphrodisiacal and Healing Properties, Folk Tales, Garden Tips, and Recipes by Wolf D. Storl