Caviar in Elizabethan
times was yet another erotic stimulant, as Sir John Harington, godson of the
Queen, reminds us in his unabashed epigram Against an Old Letcher
Since thy third cariage of the French infection
Priapus hath in thee found no erection Yet eatst
thou Ringoes, and potato Rootes, And Gaueare
caviar, but it litle bootes. Besides at thy bedsheads,
a bottle lately found, Of Liquor that a
quart cost twenty pound. According to them, the female agaric possessed
straight veins resembling the teeth of a comb, and was white and light throughout,
at first sweet to the taste and then bitter - an observation that suggests
a cynical view of womankind. This was the only kind recommended for medicinal
use, and the description fits the fomes officinahs.
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But in the early treatises on mushrooms, before von Strahlenbergs journey into
Siberia, we find no intoxicating properties attributed to the amanita muscaria.
It seems clear that cooking attenuates or kills the distinctive virtue of the fly
amanita. In Italy and France it is not rare to find individuals who habitually eat
this mushroom with impunity.
It is also true that different philologists working from
the same evidence arrive sometimes at different reconstructions of the root,
but often there is a consensus, and even if we consider the results only tentative
and approximate, these hypothetical Indo-European roots serve, if cautiously
used, to associate together significantly large clusters of words. Psilocybin Mushrooms Grow Mushroom Kit
The philologist of
our time who has devoted his life to this work is Julius Pokorny.
Even the Redskin of America and the Maori of New Zealand have specific
names for their common Fungi. Only we prejudiced Britons have none.
More than six decades have passed since the above lines were penned, and
though the English-speaking world has produced numbers of good mycologists
since then, the substance of the indictment is as true today as when William
Delisle Hay raised his voice in protest.
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