[Sca-cooks] Horchata - Barley Water

Phil Troy / G. Tacitus Adamantius adamantius1 at verizon.net
Sat May 19 08:44:07 PDT 2007

On May 19, 2007, at 11:24 AM, Arianwen ferch Arthur wrote:

> OK--I'm confused  the only mention of Rice is that
> later someone substituted barley for the rice???

Maybe rice for the barley?

> "Someone asked about horchata being barley water or
> something like that. The word horchata (orgeat in
> English), comes from the Latin: hordeata (made with
> barley) fr. hordeum (barley). Yes originally is was
> cooling drink made with barley. Later nuts of various
> types were used. It was a common drink among
> Hispano-Arabs, especially in Cordova by the 10th C at
> least. In 15th C. Castile, it was made from orange
> flower water and barley, almonds or other nuts. Later,
> Valencias substituted barley for rice. It was not
> until the late 17th C that the earthnut was used to
> make the orgeat that known there today."

What I'm wondering is whether the earthnut referred to above is the  
modern groundnut, or what Americans call peanuts...


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