What did they have to say?
One of the earliest mentions I have found so far in "western" literature occurred in 1563. This is the year the French changed the start of the new year from Easter to January 1st.
- "born" in sandy, marine places
- has thin leaves like the olive
- fruit is full of sour juice
- purges of angry moods and makes a calming effect (see next)
- used in making mead - fermented honey and water.
- "purifies" ulcers