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The Syrians devote themselves particularly to the cultivation of the garden, a circumstance to which we owe the Greek proverb, "There is plenty of vegetables in Syria."1

Among other vegetables, that country produces one very similar to the staphylinos, and known to some persons as "gingidion,"2 only that it is smaller than the staphylinos and more bitter, though it has just the same properties. Eaten either raw or boiled, it is very beneficial to the stomach, as it entirely absorbs all humours with which it may happen to be surcharged.

1 πολλὰ σύρων λάχανα. Similar to our proverb, probably, "There is more corn in Egypt."

2 The Daucus visnaga of Linnæus, the Daucus gingidium of Sprengel, the Visnagha, or Bisnagha of other botanists. It is also known as the "wild carrot," or "French carrot."

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