Promoting Natural & Cultural History
|DATE:||14th May 1751|
|ARTIST:||Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons.|
|AUTHOR:||Fredrik Hasselquist (1722-1752)|
|COLLECTION(S):||• Image: Wikimedia Commons.|
• Bombyx Mori feeding on Morus alba or white mulberry.
|JOURNALS ETC:||Linnaeus Apostles Global Science & Adventure, Volume 4, Page 179|
|CONTENT:||The naturalist Fredrik Hasselquist frequently admired the lush vegetation and beautiful gardens at visited places in the eastern Mediterranean area, so also during his ten-days-stay in and around Sidon in present-day Lebanon. In particular he noted: ‘We came to Seide (Sidon) on the 14th. The gardens in this town are the most remarkable things in it, and in these consist its riches; wherefore my first business was to see them. They extend an entire French mile round the town, and contain Pomegranate-trees, Apricots, Figs, Almonds, Oranges, Lemons and Plums, in such quantities, that the town can yearly furnish other places with considerable cargoes of these fruits; but the most numerous, and in which their riches chiefly consist, are Mulberry-trees, on which they feed an infinite number of silk worms.’|