Classified ad for Revalenta arabica
from The Courier
) November 1 1856, p. 4.
Revalenta Arabica is a name given to a preparation which was sold in the 18th century as an empirical diet for patients, extraordinary restorative virtues being attributed to it. It was, in reality, only a preparation of the common lentil, its first name being formed for disguise by the transposition of its earlier botanical name, Ervum lens. While indeed lentils are a healthy and nutritious food, Revalenta Arabica's value was about similar to the common pea-meal (or ground split peas).
- This article incorporates text from the International Cyclopedia of 1890, a publication now in the public domain.