Alternative Crops: the successes
This chapter focuses on rapeseed, woad, and hops which were considered as the successful alternative crops after the Black Death. When the task of reducing oil imports was thought imperative in the 16th century, rapeseed returned, and this time it established itself in the course of the 17th century and stayed until the mid-19th century. Meanwhile, woad was important in the later 16th century because it was used for dyeing blues, purples, blacks, greens, and more subtle shades when mixed with other dyes. Lastly, hops ranked high on the list of alternative crops between 1650 and 1750. These were mixed with beer to improve taste.
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