[Sca-cooks] medicinal recipies
lilinah at earthlink.net
Wed Nov 15 09:50:35 PST 2006
> On another note, can anyone tell me, should I decide to try one of the many
> recipes that call for these two ingredients (camphor and musk) where I could
> find food-grade supplies of either (or both). Or does anyone know of a
> substitute that would give a similar flavor?
Musk is edible, but extraordinarily expensive. I've tried to find a
substitute. I was planning to use those "musk flavored life savers"
they have in Australia, but never got around to ordering them.
There's a plant substitute used in perfumery called ambrette seed,
musk ambrette, or Abelmoschus moschatus. I have no idea if this is
safe to eat.
Camphor would be Cinnamomum camphora. When i mentioned this to a
chemist friend, he was rather disturbed and said that it should not
be eaten and that it causes liver damage. He suggested substituting
menthol (NOT mint). Menthol is used in many products, like candy,
mouthwash, toothpaste, etc. so it is safe to consume in small
quantities. I don't know if druggists sell it (i know they used to
sell wintergreen oil - i don't know if they still do), or if you'd
have to get it from a chemical supply house or commercial flavor
If you find Australian musk life savers in the US, or a way to get
some menthol, i'd love to know.
Also, note that in some translations of al-Baghdadi it will say to
flavor something with "narcissus". Narcissus is not safe to eat, and
in fact, the Arabic calls for "sumbul", which is nardostachys
jatamansi, aka spikenard.
Urtatim (that's err-tah-TEEM)
the persona formerly known as Anahita
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