Bingen, Hildegard of - Turnip
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
Hildegard von Bingen’s Physica – translated by Priscilla Throop from the Latin
Turnip (ruba) is more hot than cold. Although it is heavy in a person's stomach, it is easily digested. One who wishes to eat it raw should take off the whole exterior rind. It is thick, and its natural vigor is harmful to a person.
When the rind is removed, one can eat what is inside.
It is better cooked than raw and does not supply bad humors. If at some time a humor rises up into ulcers, one should eat turnip and the ulcer will be checked. But if someone who is congested in the lungs eats turnip, cooked or raw, it will torment his lungs a bit (since it does not have powers to resist serious illnesses].