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Reading 17-1 8 the picture. The cheap drove out the good. Romantics still long for the identi fi cation of the true silphion as true believers search for the holy grail. It would appear that Ferula tingitana , which reportedly grows in the region, is the closest relative. Perhaps the answer requires a more extensive exploration of North Africa, as P. Ascherson suggested in the last century. I eagerly await a botanist-explorer with a classical bent and a taste for the unusual, who, guided by the images of antiquity, will search among the 130 odd species of Ferula for the de fi nitive word on the silphion of Cyrene and hopefully restore it to our gardens. In the meantime, I remain in search of silphion. An Introduction to the Cuisine of Antiquity For the brave and adventurous cook who will not mind experimenting with the taste of another era, I suggest the following recipes for a fi rst acquaintance with the palate of antiquity. They are of the type that made an ordinary unpretentious Greek or Roman meal. All involve silphion or asafoetida.
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