Cutting the Mustard

Cutting the Mustard

We know that mustard has been a common ingredient in European food since the late 14th century. Prior to that we know that it was used medicinally, with its benefits mentioned by both Pliny and Pythagoras, and we think the Romans are responsible for spreading white...
Morning Glory

Morning Glory

An impudent fungus Happy Valentine’s Day! The fungus shown above, which was growing in Harcourt Arboretum back in the autumn of 2011, is (I believe – feel free to correct me if you know better) the common stinkhorn, with the scientific name Phallus impudicus, for...
Peter Piper Picks…

Peter Piper Picks…

As I mentioned yesterday, some foods and plants are considered to be aphrodisiacs because of their suggestive shapes (although sometimes you need a little imagination to see it). And some are linked to a widespread traditional medicine system, the Doctrine of...

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