[Sca-cooks] true silphium laserpitium was herb seasoning question
sprucebranch at gmail.com
Fri Mar 2 16:08:20 PST 2007
Thanks! I had already read the silphium piece....interesting that it's
Ian of Oertha
On 3/1/07, Johnna Holloway <johnna at sitka.engin.umich.edu> wrote:
> 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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