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Spicy Moroccan Tomato Soup — 4 Comments

  1. That soup looks great. Just the sort of thing that would go down well in my household.

    Do you know about the crisis with the plane trees along the canals (especially the Canal du Midi)? They have a fungal disease which is killing them. It arrived at the end of WWII, when American troops landed in the south (Operation Dragoon, the follow up to Operation Overlord in the north). The Americans brought with them boxes of munitions, made of sycamore. Sycamore is one of the parents of the plane trees (which are a hybrid of the American and European species). The sycamore wood carried a fungus to which the plane trees had never been exposed and so they had no defenses. The disease is slowly working its way up the country and along the canals. The INRA has now bred a resistant hybrid plane tree that is just as ornamental, but replacing the trees will cost millions and be a hundred year project.

    • Susan, I knew there was a disease as we can see the effects and some of the trees are marked for removal, but I had no idea what it was or how widespread. Thanks for the info. They are so beautiful and some are huge. Such a shame to lose them.