>From a New York Times magazine article this week about kumquats:

...Kumquats, which are not citrus fruits but belong to another genus, 
originated in China and have been cultivated across Asia for centuries. 
They inspired some unorthodox grafting techniques: in "The Oxford 
Companion to Food," Alan Davidson cites this bit of instruction from 
the "Book of Nabatean Agriculture," a 10th-century Iraqi text: "The 
branch which is to be grafted must be in the hand of a beautiful 
damsel, whilst a male person has disgraceful and unnatural sexual 
intercourse with her; during intercourse the woman grafts the branch 
into the tree."

Modern growers have streamlined the cultivation process somewhat....


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