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Folk Flora reviewed – 3

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Constance Craig Smith, in the Irish Daily Mail, 31 May 2019:

‘Vickery’s Folk Flora makes you think differently about British plants …

In Oxfordshire in the Twenties it was said that there was ‘no lustier scent than a bean [Vicia faba] field in bloom.’  In Suffolk, it was believed that ‘beans inflame lust … best of all traditional aphrodisiacs was the scent of the bean flower, for this not only stimulates passion in the man, but extreme willingness in the girl.’

Phew!  This is one of the many weird and wonderful nuggets that emerge from Roy Vickery’s doorstopper of a book …’

Awarded four stars out of five.

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