(Lens esculenta) This is one of the oldest legumes, known to have been cultivated in the Bronze Age (Bianchini & Corbetta), and may be a lot older than the Bronze Age, for carbonized seeds, which are the edible part of the plant, have been found in the Near East dating back six to seven millenia BC (Zohary). The seeds are made into a porridge or soup, and are the best source of protein apart from meat (Schery). There are references in the Bible to the Hebrew adashim, and to Arabic adas; both mean lentil (Zohary). Was this the mess of pottage that Esau sold to Jacob?

Application of lentil paste was taken to be a remedy for measles, chickenpox, even to smallpox, or any other skin eruption (Farooqi).

Leonotis leonurus > LION'S TAIL

Leontopodium alpinum > EDELWEISS

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