Why we’ve forgotten about the astragalus, an ancient name for an ancient immune system


By Emily Lohre, The Washington TimesThe last surviving astragalaxian (from Latin astragale, “to go forth, to spread”) is the world’s most famous and endangered species.But in some ways it is more than just an iconic name.Its importance has long been obscured by its name.Its history is riddled with misidentifications and, most recently, by the recent […]

The World’s Most Famous Pastillas


Codonopsis astraggler and its relatives are widely recognized for their distinctive red peppers, and their versatility in cooking.In this story, we learn about the different types of the fruit and their medicinal properties.(Nicki DeMarco/The Washington Post)The most popular red peppers in the world, codonophones are also widely recognized as being highly nutritious.Codonophone is a red-colored […]