Winter in the Algarve (Mandragora)

Shmuel Silinsky via pbs
Sun, 16 Jan 2022 22:32:12 PST
Here in Israel Mandragora is native. Winter wet and summer dry it grows in
pretty crummy soil. Very resilient. I had always assumed it was poisonous
until a friend said the fruits are very edible but the seeds are toxic. The
fruits do smell fantastically wonderful so I tried eating one (without the
seeds) and it was DELICIOUS! Very unique flowery and sweet. I would grow
them for the fruits alone besides all the folklore connections. Here we are
told the Arabs used mandrake seeds as a soporific for surgery way back when.
Shmuel Silinsky
Jerusalem, Israel
Zone 9

On Sun, Jan 16, 2022, 11:08 AM Nils Hasenbein via pbs <> wrote:

> Martin,
> to me, the two forms seem pretty distict, so I would prefer them to remain
> split.
> You are right, I should give it another try; I simply had no garden to
> plant it those years ago. Judging from Ulis and the wiki‘s pictures, a
> medium fertility should yield a more balanced leaf-to-flower ratio.
> Best wishes,
> Nils
> P.S.: Of course it‘s officinarum, not officinalis - in my previous post
> spell check „corrected“ it
> From the middle of germany, where it is wet, foggy and around 2-4 C at the
> moment, after too warm (12C) holidays and a few freezing (-8C) nights.
> Hippeastrum are fading indoors, a single Crocus laevigatus flowers in a pot
> outdoors.
> ... von unterwegs ...
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