[Sca-cooks] medicinal recipies

Terry Decker t.d.decker at worldnet.att.net
Tue Nov 14 20:09:20 PST 2006

Elecampane camphor and its extraction were first described in 1660.  Since 
it can occur naturally on old elecampane root, so it was probable seen and 
used earlier.  However, it is not water soluble, so it does not meet the 
recipe instructions in the Anonymous Andalusian Cookbook.


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If we know whether of not camphor was extracted from elecampane in the
13th century, it would help.  (I think someone said that it hadn't been
extracted until the 17th century.)  Even if the translation doesn't
specifically say what sort of camphor, we can at leas make an educated
guess as to what may have been used.

Pax Christi,

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