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Root crops
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Root crops are crop plants cultivated for their edible roots, bulbs, or rhizomes. Requiring regular working of the soil to ensure it does not become encrusted or overgrown with weeds, they are a category of hoe crops (German Hackfrüchte, French plantes sarclées). Hoe crops like beets, cabbage, and rape (canola) have been cultivated in gardens to enrich the human diet since Greco-Roman antiquity (Food[8. 161]. They were also already being planted in fields in regions of high population density, such as the Netherlands, northern France, and the Lower …

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Konersmann, Frank, “Root crops”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 08 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_020549>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210601

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