Collecting the folklore and uses of plants

Hallowe’en 2015

009008Pumpkins (Cucurbita maxima) and Japanese lantern (Physalis alkekengi) on sale at Borough Market, London Borough of Southwark, 15 October 2015.  The latter with its orange fruiting calyx seems to be gaining popularity at Hallowe’en.   Although its ‘official’ English name is Japanese lantern, the name Chinese lantern is also frequently used.  It is in fact a native of central and southern Europe and central and southwest Asia which has been cultivated in British gardens since the middle of the sixteenth century.

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