This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V21", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Scientific and historical researches are leading men to carious discoveries. Not the least will be found in the Contemporary Review for Sept., 1879, Francois Lenormant has an article on "The First Sin," in which an attempt is made to name the sacred plant of the fruit of which Adam and Eve ate, from Assyrian bas reliefs, etc., and the writer even gives the botanical designation. He says : "It is invariably a plant of moderate size, of pyramidal form, having a straight stem, from which spring numerous branches, and a cluster of large leaves at its base. In one example only is the plant represented with sufficient accuracy to enable us to classify it as the Asclepias acida, or Sarcostem-ma viminalis, the plant known as Soma, etc." Here is curious speculation indeed, and the whole article is recommended to botanists and others.