World A "miracle" plant, disappeared for 2,000 years, rediscovery in Turkey

14:40  29 september  2022
14:40  29 september  2022 Source:   slate.fr

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this plant, consumed by the Greeks, the Romans and the Egyptians in antiquity and which was believed to have been extinct for 2,000 years, would have been found in Turkey by Turkey by Turkey by Turkey by Turkey a researcher.

It was probably the most sought -after plant in the Mediterranean by the , the Romans and the Egyptian in the due to its many virtues: Silphium. It was fully believed to be disappeared for almost 2,000 years, but the discovery of a Turkish researcher may well have rebatted the cards. Mahmut Miski claims to have come face to face that this "miracle" plant, by a sunny morning in October 2021 in the Cappadocia region, in the center of the Turkey , reports

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This 68 -year -old teacher, specialized in pharmacology, thinks that the Ferula Drudeana who pushes on Mount Hasan would present many similarities with silphium. A conclusion that could have been drawn by relying on old botanical texts, as well as on coins of ancient Greece on which the plant was represented. Many medicinal virtues The researcher noticed that the two


have the same thick and branched root as well as yellow flowers. To this are added the same medicinal virtues. Ferula Drudeana has anti-cancer compounds and anti-inflammatory properties similar to those of silphium. In Antiquity, silphium was used to treat almost all evils: baldness, dental pain, pleurisy, epilepsy, bites, bites ..., national geographic details. Mahmut Miski had received a subsidy to collect specimens from Ferula, which belongs to the same family as carrots, fennel and parsley, and has the reputation of producing many new compounds of therapeutic interest.

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a doubt about the location of this discovery one of the main reasons why the Ferula Drudeana was not immediately identified as silphium is mainly because From its location where the plant was discovered, hundreds of kilometers from its place of origin. But Mount Hasan having hosted Greeks in Antiquity, the probability that they have transported the plant remains plausible. "The peoples of antiquity were very good at transporting things. There is no reason why the inhabitants of Cyrenaica have not managed to bring the seeds in Cappadocia and plant them. The regions are quite similar, With a Mediterranean climate. And this kind of Ferula looks like what is represented on coins, "confirms Erica Rowan, an associate professor in archaeobotanic at the Royal Hollowy University of


. To be able to confirm that it is indeed the same plant, it would be necessary to compare samples of the original plant and the ferula, but still should be able to get your hands on silphium dating from more than 2,000 years ...

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