Cynomorium coccineum – Famine Foods

Cynomorium coccineum


Middle East: an emergency food cited in the Bible (Job 30:4). The parasitic scarlet plant attaches itself to the roots of saltwort (Atriplex sp.). The host plants – probably Atriplex dimorphostegia, Kar. & Kir.; Atriplex halimus, L.; Atriplex rosea, L.; and Atriplex tatarica, L. – were also gathered and eaten for their soft, mucilaginous leaves.

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