[Sca-cooks] true silphium laserpitium was herb seasoning question

Johnna Holloway johnna at sitka.engin.umich.edu
Thu Mar 1 10:54:04 PST 2007

I would recommend Andrew Dalby's account
in his book Dangerous Tastes the Story of Spices.
He covers both the extinct Silphium on pages 17-19
and later Asafoetida or hing on pages 110 - 112.
Oh and the book reproduces plates from a 1712 work that
first showed how the sap was gathered.

For an entry with a picture of the true variety from actual
Ancient Greek coins from Cyrenaika
see http://www.uni-graz.at/~katzer/engl/Silphion.html
Most recent mention that I could locate was:
Also see http://www.slate.com/id/2159800/   where just a
couple of weeks ago Slate mentioned that silphium was associated
with the Valentine's Day heart.
Also see

There are also several mentions in the Florilegium from times past.


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