In the 17th century western carrots first appeared in the Netherlands. Dutch carrot growers invented the orange carrot in honor of the House of Orange, the Dutch Royal Family.
According to a 5th century Chinese scroll, fashionable Chinese women used to make a dye out of the skin of purple eggplants and polish their teeth with it until they were a shiny gray.
References to coriander can also be found in Sanskrit texts and the Bible.
A 17th century recipe with thyme as one of the main ingredients claims to enable people to see fairies.