Persuading people to drink tea from the subcontinent more or less created the modern propaganda machine
You may be wondering, if you care about these things as I do, why there is a chilli species called Capsicum chinense.
“All the intrigue of a murder mystery and all the painstaking, arduous pursuit of an archeological dig.” For a radish.
Even before the Romans, grain arrived in what was to become London by water, and it continues to do so today, although the mechanics of the trade have changed beyond recognition. One of the last people to move grain by water upstream from London shares her experience and the history of moving grain by water.