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Ancient peach pits discovery gives a flavor of Himiko’s reign

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History indicates a surprisingly deep relationship between religion and the circulation of fruit.

For instance, the citron, an ancient citrus fruit, was indispensable to the historic Jewish celebration of the Feast of Tabernacles that was held in gratitude for the annual harvest.

According to "Citrus: A History" by Pierre Laszlo, the citrus spread around the Mediterranean along with the Jewish Diaspora.

The cultivation of wine grapes in Western Europe expanded along with Christianity because wine was essential to the eucharistic liturgical service, or Mass.

Had it not been for such religious needs, the world's food........

© The Asahi Shimbun