[Sca-cooks] Foods available in early Anglo Saxon England

Carol Smith eskesmith at hotmail.com
Mon Mar 24 18:13:20 PDT 2008

Search the web for Thora Sharptooth (Carolyn Priest Dorman), and go from her home page to her page on dyes and dying.  Don't get distracted on the way, though; she has lots of goodies on her site.  She has done extensive work on dyes of the Viking Age, and I would bet that a lot of them are holdovers from earlier times and similar places.  (Her persona's from Jorvik.)  Her work is excellent.  (You should hear her discuss some of her more esoteric research  into various mordants!)

> Date: Mon, 24 Mar 2008 13:52:20 -0700> To: sca-cooks at lists.ansteorra.org> From: dragon at crimson-dragon.com> Subject: Re: [Sca-cooks] Foods available in early Anglo Saxon England> > Amy Cooper wrote:> >I apologize, as this is only vaguely food related, since I'm actually> >looking for dyestuffs...> >> >I'm part of a team for Cloth of Gold in a couple weekends in Ealdormere.> >We're doing an early Anglo-Saxon outfit from the southern part of what is> >now England. There's not a lot of information out there that we can find on> >what would have been used for dyes. We plan to make the argument that if it> >was used for food, it likely would have been used for dyes (oh hey, that> >stain is pretty! how can I replicate it?). I'm no clothing expert, I'm just> >running with it as the foodie on the team. My question is twofold:> >> >1) What berries (if any) would have been available?> >2) Would the Romans have brought beets with them?> >> >On the other hand, if anyone knows of a foodstuff, that would have been> >available in early Anglo-Saxon England, is pretty easily found now, and is> >capable of dying wool sort of red/purple (we're using madder in another part> >of the outfit, and don't have time for indigo/woad/weld, and want to stay> >away from yellow-greens), please speak up! The dye-ing experts on the team> >have scoured their Anglo-Saxon books to no avail, and have several natural> >dyes books available, but they are not sure what would have been available> >in the time/place we're trying to do.> ---------------- End original message. ---------------------> > How about listing the items that will give the colors you want? It > might be easier to go down a list and confirm or deny them than to > try to make an all inclusive list.> > Dragon> > ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~> Venimus, Saltavimus, Bibimus (et naribus canium capti sumus)> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~> > _______________________________________________> Sca-cooks mailing list> Sca-cooks at lists.ansteorra.org> http://lists.ansteorra.org/listinfo.cgi/sca-cooks-ansteorra.org

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