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The people of Taurinum, at the foot of the Alps, give to secale1 the name of "asia;" it is a very inferior2 grain, and is only employed to avert positive famine. It is prolific, but has a straw of remarkable thinness; it is also black and sombre-looking, but weighs extremely heavy. Spelt is mixed with this grain to modify its bitterness,3 and even then it is very disagreeable to the stomach. It will grow upon any soil, and yields a hundred-fold; it is employed also as a manure for enriching the land.

1 Probably the Secale cereale of Linnaæus, cultivated rye.

2 It is now held in high esteem in many parts of Europe.

3 Rye has no bitterness, and this assertion has led some to doubt if it is identical with the "secale" of Pliny.

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