CHAP. 35. (29).—THE MYRTLE.
The nature of the juices that are found in the myrtle are
particularly remarkable, for it is the only one1
of all the trees, the
berries of which produce two kinds of oil2
as well as of wine,
of which we have already spoken. The
berry of this was also put to another use in ancient times, for
was known it was employed in place of it as a
seasoning; so much so, indeed, that a name has been derived
from it for the highly-seasoned dish which to this day is known
by the name of "myrtatum."5
It is by the aid of these berries, too, that the flavour of the flesh of the wild boar is
improved, and they generally form one of the ingredients in
the flavouring of our sauces.