First Steps in General Knowledge. the Vegetable Kingdom

First Steps in General Knowledge. the Vegetable Kingdom

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1849 edition. Excerpt: ... tribe?" asked Mary. "It is necessary to use the fruit cautiously," said her father; "but cultivation improves many of the species so much, that they lose nearly all their baneful properties. It would be a pity to give up our acquaintance with melons, cucumbers, and vegetable marrows, because some of their uncultivated relatives are dangerous characters. Indeed we are not at liberty to despise even these dangerous plants, for several valuable medicines are obtained from them, especially Colocynth.J Lagenaria vulgaris. ( Ecbalium agreste. I Cueumis colocynthis. THE CUCUMBER TBIBE. 89 The seeds of most of them are mild and harmless. In an African species these seeds, when ripe, are as large as chestnuts, and resemble almonds in flavour, yielding also an abundance of oil. The pulp of the same fruit is excessively bitter, and produces violent headache when only applied to the tongue." Henry thought it very odd that the seed should be wholesome and the pulp poisonous, which is the case with nearly all the plants of this tribe. He was told that the Begonias of our conservatories, whose red veined leaves are so much admired, and whose whole foliage is sometimes of a deep rose colour, f are not far removed from cucumbers, and that some of the species have the same scrambling habit. "Allied in many respects to cucumbers, is a strange and remarkable tribe of South American plants, of which we will take the Papaw as an example. This extraordinary tree has the property of making the toughest animal substances tender, so that newly killed meat, when hung amongst its leaves, becomes fit for cooking in a few hours." Telfairia pedata. f Begonia sanguinea. "What a convenient tree that would be for our kitchen garden!..".show more

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  • Paperback | 30 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 73g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236590120
  • 9781236590121