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June 8, 2019


John Ballard

What a delightful romp!

I kept waiting for castor oil to appear so when I didn't curiosity sent me to Wikipedia. The first sentence explained: "Castor oil is a vegetable oil pressed from castor beans.[1] The name probably comes from its use as a replacement for castoreum.[2]"

Castoreum has a separate article with a raft of information (likely known only by a very small number of people) including "The government of Ontario pays trappers to harvest beaver castor sacs.[citation needed] The sacs brought CA$2.62–5.10 per ounce when auctioned at the May–June 2016 North American Fur Auction.[7]"

Thanks for this.
You have enriched my morning.

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