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A Curious History of Vegetables: Aphrodisiacal and Healing by Wolf D. Storl

By Wolf D. Storl

That includes gardening assistance, recipes, and gorgeous full-color pencil drawings of every vegetable, this ebook for farm-to-fork aficionados and gardeners with an esoteric bent explores the key historical past of forty eight renowned and infrequent greens, interpreting their symbolism, astrological connections, therapeutic houses, and total character.
a desirable advent to vegetable gardening and cooking, A Curious background of Vegetables units horticulture in its old, cultural, and cosmological contexts. the writer bargains his deep knowing of the idea of biodynamic gardening and important pointers on gentle and heat, flooring covers, composts, crop rotation and weeds. Woven in with folks stories and tales from background, every one access additionally contains scrumptious old recipes for every vegetable.

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According to the Upanishads, plants consume cosmic and stellar energies and, in turn, offer themselves for others to eat. “The creatures that live on the earth come into being through food; they live through food and finally they merge into food” (Anandavalli Upanishad). Whenever humans beings or animals satisfy their hunger with fruits, roots, leaves, stems, or seeds of a plant, quanta of cosmic light and warmth are converted not just into body warmth, but also into the warmth of feelings, the heat of passion, and at last the inward light of consciousness.

Our industrialized refined foodstuffs—TV dinners, microwave meals, fast food, and all the mass-produced, artificially fertilized, pest-controlled, globally transported and genetically “improved” agricultural products—all have their cultural effects too. How? Their consumption supports the officially sanctioned positivistic, materialistic ideology that permeates our society, as these industrial products are hardly capable of opening our spirits to the subtle dimensions of our existence. Fast food and designer foods hamper communication with nature spirits, ancestral spirits, angels, and plant devas, such as are known—according to anthropologists—to traditional cultures all over the world.

In Northern Germany, a drunkard or crazed person is said to be “in the beans” (Er ist in den Bohnen). ” Indeed, the British comedian Rowan Atkinson is well known for his appropriately named Mr. Bean character.  . Because it laughed so hard that it burst and had to be sewn. The tradition of holding bean festivals at the close of the year dates as far back as the Saturnalia festival in ancient Rome. In very ancient Roman times, the Saturnalia King (the one who got the piece of cake with a bean it in) was chosen one month before the end of the festival.

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