This book will be a revelation for you: here you will find all you have never read in a botanic or a gardening book, all you have never known – and never suspected - about seeds, herbs, flowers, vegetables, fruits, trees. The author tells their legendary origins, he recalls and recycles, for a large audience, episodes of the classic mythology, religious beliefs of the past, literary texts and traditions of ancient populations. You will discover that the first ones “tied like ivy” were the Etruscan pirates; that the aroma of the coffee was appreciated for the first time by goats not by men; that the pashas took the idea for their harems from the loves of the date palms; that Marathon, where Miltiades defied the Persians in a memorable battle, derived its name from a field of fennels.
You will discover that in the history of plants the green is not the predominant color. On the contrary, sometimes it is a noir... when it is not about a red light story!
1st edition: October 2003
2nd edition: October 2007
3rd edition: May 2020