Observations on the Potatoe, and a Remedy for the Potatoe Plague: In Two Parts. Containing a History of the Potatoe, Its Cultivation, and Uses, Also a Treatise on the Potatoe Malady, Its Origin and Appearances in Different Countries, a View of Various Theories Concerning It, with the Remedies Proposed, and an Inquiry Into the Causes Producing the Disease, with Directions for Staying Its Further Progress
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Page 4 - This evidence proves, not unsatisfactorily, that the Potatoe was first brought into England, either in the year 1586, or very soon after, and sent from thence to Ireland, without delay, by Sir ROBERT SOUTHWELL'S ancestor, where it was cherished and cultivated for food before the good people of England knew its value; for GERARD, who Had this plant in his garden in 1597, recommends the roots to be eaten as a delicate dish, not as common food.
Page 22 - I drew many years ago, is perfectly consistent with the opinions I have subsequently entertained, respecting the formation of leaves. I therefore suffered a quantity of potatoes, the produce almost wholly of diseased plants, to remain in the heap, where they had been preserved during winter, till each tuber had emitted shoots of three or four inches long. These were then carefully detached, with their fibrous roots, from the tubers, and were committed to the soil ; where having little to subsist...
Page 106 - So he turned and went away in a rage. And his servants came near, and spake unto him, and said, "My father, if the prophet had bid thee do some great thing, wouldst thou not have done it? How much rather, then, when he saith to thee, 'Wash, and be clean'?
Page 4 - are round, some as large as a walnut, others much larger; they grow in damp soil, many hanging together, as if fixed on ropes...
Page 5 - Spaniards were the sole possessors of that country, there is little doubt of their having been first carried into Spain ; but as it would take some time to introduce them into use in that country, and afterwards to make the Italians so well acquainted with them as to give them a name,* there is every reason to believe they had been several years in Europe, before they were sent to Clusius.
Page 22 - Potatoe will probably be subject. I observed that the leaves of several kinds of Potatoes, which were dry and farinaceous, that I cultivated, produced curled leaves, whilst those of other kinds, which were soft and aqueous, were perfectly well formed; whence I was...
Page 23 - I concluded the cause of the disease, if it were the too great thickness of the sap, would be effectually removed ; and I had the satisfaction to observe, that not a single curled leaf was produced ; though more than nine-tenths of the plants, which the same identical tubers subsequently produced, were much diseased.
Page 59 - ... pits are precisely those which tend to hasten their decay. We recommend that potatoes when dug should be spread over the field, and not collected into heaps, and if the weather continue dry and free from frost that they should be allowed to lie upon the field for a period of time not exceeding three days.
Page 5 - The sweet potato was imported in considerable quantities from Spain and the Canaries, and was supposed to possess the power of restoring decayed vigour.