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    BBC - Future - The mystery of the lost Roman herb

    Just thought this was a great article.

    "Silphium is thought to have been a close relative of asafoetida"


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    I live in an area where huckleberries grow and are picked in the wild by most everyone. I did not realize that they couldn't be cultivated. They're closely related to blueberries and cranberries (they're all Vaccinium) so I just assumed that people could cultivate them if they desired it. I just figured they didn't because wild grown ones tasted better or something.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Falconer360 View Post
    I live in an area where huckleberries grow and are picked in the wild by most everyone. I did not realize that they couldn't be cultivated. They're closely related to blueberries and cranberries (they're all Vaccinium) so I just assumed that people could cultivate them if they desired it. I just figured they didn't because wild grown ones tasted better or something.
    "In Massachusetts all the way
    From Boston down to Buzzards Bay
    They feed you till you want to die
    On rhubarb pie and pumpkin pie,
    And horrible huckleberry pie,
    And when you summon strength to cry,
    “What is there else that I can try?”
    They stare at you in mild surprise
    And serve you other kinds of pies."

    From H Belloc.
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