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The Carrot Purple and Other Curious Stories of the Food We Eat

by Joel S. Denker

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Joel Denker presents portraits of edible plants that reveal not only their culinary significance but also their cultural, medicinal and economic importance.

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The 'Turkey' apricot, a hand-colored engraving after a drawing by Augusta Innes Withers (1792-1869), from the first volume of John Lindley's Pomological Magazine (1827-1828). The Romans dubbed the apricot the "precious one." Poets praised its beauty. The conquering Arabs took it to the Mideast, where the luxurious fruit was exploited in sugary confections. The Royal Horticultural Society Diary/Wikimedia Commons hide caption

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