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This plant belongs to the acetarious tribe of vegetables, and is supposed to have originally come from China and Japan. It was known to the ancients; but was not introduced to England till about the middle of the 16th century. It is consumed in large quantities by the French, and in London, in the neighbourhood of which it is grown in abundance; it is greatly used as a winter salad, as well as in soups and stews.


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The Book of Household Management (1861).

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