Herbs in History: Tamarind & Celery

March 27, 2024

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In an effort to preserve and share the fascinating histories of medicinal plants and herbs that have been used around the world for ages, the AHPA Foundation for Education and Research on Botanicals (AHPA-ERB Foundation) is honored to partner with Alain Touwaide, Ph.D., and Emanuela Appetiti of the Institute for the Preservation of Medical Traditions to launch the Herbs in History project in 2022.

The latest entries delve into the histories of tamarind and celery. Preview the entries below and visit Herbs in History online to read more.

Tamarind (Tamarindus indica L.)

All roads lead to...

Whereas all roads lead to Rome in some parts of the world, in India, “no road does not end at the base of the tamarind tree” (Tamarindus indica L.) according to Tamil novelist Sundara Ramaswamy in Tamarind History (1966). | Read more...



Celery (Apium graveolens L.)


If there is an easy growing and sociable plant, it probably is celery (Apium graveolens L.) (Apiaceae, ex Umbelliferae). A native from Macaronesia to Western Himalaya, from Europe to Northern Africa now ubiquitous, it is a biennial, self-fertile aromatic plant that grows in light to heavy, and also saline soils, preferably moist. If it likes the sun or semi-shade, it tolerates frosts (even though it might suffer from hard frosts). And it is a good companion to leek, tomato, beans, and brassica, in addition to being an insect repellent. | Read more...


About the Project

Herbs in History is made possible by funding from the AHPA-ERB Foundation, as part of the nonprofit foundation's mission promote education and research on medicinal, therapeutic, and health-promoting herbs. Tune in monthly for thoughtfully detailed historical accounts of herbs you know and love, and learn more about the origins of medicinal plants that have stood the test of time.




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