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The pod of the chick-pea is rounded, while in other legu- minous plants it is long and broad, like the seed which it contains; in the pea, again, it is of a cylindrical form. In the case of the kidney-bean1 it is usual to eat the pod together with the seed. This last may be sown in all kinds of soils indifferently, between the ides of October2 and the calends of November.3 As soon as ever the leguminous plants begin to ripen, they ought to be plucked, for the pods will very soon open and the seed fall out, in which case it is very difficult to find: the same is the case, too, with the lupine. But before we pass on to the lupine, it will be as well to make some mention of the rape.4

1 A variety of the Phaseolus vulgaris of Linnæus: the "haricot" of the French. The French bean and the scarlet-runner are cooked in a similar manner among us.

2 15th of October.

3 1st of November.

4 The Napo-brassica of Linnæus. The turnip cabbage, or rape-colewort.

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