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"Sorrels", folio 42 recto

Silly me! In an email dispatched a little while ago I said that the two
plants depiected on folio 42 recto have only a linguistic association --
that they both have the English common name "sorrel". But this is no doubt
due to the fact that they both produce large quantities of oxalic acid in
their leaves, giving them the same sour taste, so the shared common name
would actually reflect a functional culinary/therapeutic association...

Philip Marshall

Philip Marshall
Yale University
School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

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