My wild ancestors are fond throughout Asia and Europe.
Both the Greeks and Romans grew me, but I did not make my way to England until 16th century.
The ancient Egyptians made oil from my seeds, before olive oil was known.
My name is from the Latin radix meaning root.
The Roman philosopher, Pliny, thought I was "a vulgar article of the diet" because of my "remarkable power of causing flatulence and eructation".