Edith Sherwood Ph.D. and Erica Sherwood

The Voynich Botanical Plants

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Folio 55v, Cauliflower or Broccoli, two vegetables that closely resemble each other and were probably developed in Roman times from wild or primitive forms of cabbage, a native of the Eastern Mediterranean region. Both broccoli and cauliflower have large, fleshy flower heads, sprouting from a thick edible stalk. The large mass of flower heads are surrounded by leaves. Pliny, the Elder, wrote about a vegetable that fits the description of broccoli.

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