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1 From Theophrastus, Hist. Plant. B. vii. c. 4.
2 Not the Beta sicla of modern botany, Fée thinks. The black beet of the ancients would be one of the dark purple kinds.
3 It was only the leaf of beet, and not the root, that was eaten by the ancients. From Martial, B. xiii. Epig. 10, we learn that the leaves were preserved in a mixture of wine and pepper.
4 Though not positively unwholesome, the leaves would form an insipid dish, that would not agree with all stomachs. Galen says that it cannot be eaten in great quantities with impunity, but Diphilus the physician, as quoted by Athenæus, B. ix. c. 3, says the reverse. Some MSS. read here "innocentiorem," "more harmless."
5 Columella says the same, De Re Rust. B. xi. c. 3.
6 Fée would seem to render this, "when wine has been spoiled by cab- bage leaves being mixed with it."
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