[Sca-cooks] How old is barley water?

Terry Decker t.d.decker at worldnet.att.net
Thu May 17 15:56:46 PDT 2007

Barley water is documented in Anthimus (6th Century) as a drink for those 
ill with fever.  As a drink, you may come across it referenced as orgeat and 
orgemonde, where it is mixed with anise, fruit or almonds.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Volker Bach" <carlton_bach at yahoo.de>
> I am trying to nudge my group into being more careful
> what they eat (too many of them still eat things
> documentable as late as 1950 or later at events). I am
> to hae the chance to do this nudging at two camp demos
> next month, and I'm going to give it some effort, with
> camp-made moretum and home-baked whole wheat bread,
> lentil stew, roast meats and fish, and fritters. But
> I'm still wondering about drinks. I know there's beer
> and wine, and grape must. I've given them vinegar
> water before. Now I'm wondering whether barley water
> makes sense. it sounds interesting and gets mentioned
> quite a bit in 'period' contexts, but is it
> documentable?

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