Edith Sherwood Ph.D. and Erica Sherwood

The Voynich Botanical Plants

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Folio 35r, Radicchio (Cichorium intybus, Asteraceae), may resemble a romaine lettuce, but it is a member of the chicory family. The cultivated plant has red leaves with white veins, a shallow root system and blue, daisy-like flowers. Cultivation of the plant began in Italy in the fifteenth century and the deep-red variety of today was engineered in 1860. Radicchio has been eaten as a vegetable since ancient times. Pliny the Elder claimed it was useful as a blood purifier and an aid against insomnia.

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