Monthly Archives: February 2014

Developing Self-Reliance in the American Civil War (1861-1865)

Relying on Local Plants Prior to the Civil War, Americans often obtained sugar and fruit from ships that sailed through the West Indies. They also benefitted from trade between the Northern and Southern states. ¬†During the war, however, as the … Continue reading

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Figs – Wisdom from the Middle East

THE FABULOUS FIG Ficus carica (Moraceae, the Mulberry Family) Mention figs?¬† A Lebanese man describes two fig trees growing in his own backyard. His wife talks of harvesting fresh figs in season, making fig jam, and preparing dried figs with … Continue reading

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