Mattioli’s Dioscorides illustrated by Cibo (Discorsi by Mattioli and Cibo)

Bladder cherry (Physalis alkekengi), f. 4r


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There is also another species of solanum, properly called halicababum. It has leaves like those of the first solanum but broader. Its little stalks bend towards the earth after they have grown. It has fruit in round pods similar to reddish bladders, which is round and smooth, like the grapes used in wreaths. It has the same virtues as the garden solanum and is used in the same way, but not in cooking. Its fruit has a diuretic effect and cures jaundice. The juice is squeezed from either of these plants, dried in the shade and kept for these uses (f. 7v).

Mattioli’s Dioscorides illustrated by Cibo (Discorsi by Mattioli and Cibo) Bladder cherry (Physalis alkekengi), f. 4r

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Bladder cherry (Physalis alkekengi), f. 4r

There is also another species of solanum, properly called halicababum. It has leaves like those of the first solanum but broader. Its little stalks bend towards the earth after they have grown. It has fruit in round pods similar to reddish bladders, which is round and smooth, like the grapes used in wreaths. It has the same virtues as the garden solanum and is used in the same way, but not in cooking. Its fruit has a diuretic effect and cures jaundice. The juice is squeezed from either of these plants, dried in the shade and kept for these uses (f. 7v).

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