[Sca-cooks] Gastronomica on Spice Trade, Apicius and Martino

Johnna Holloway johnna at sitka.engin.umich.edu
Thu May 31 18:43:17 PDT 2007

I don't know that I can summarize it tonight. Been a long day here.
The primary focus seems to be the question of did the Chile kill
off the longstanding spice trade and very early on he's refuting
the 1980 Hyman article from PPC on long pepper.
He mentions that Columbus discovered it in 1493 and Fuchs
described and drew it in 1542--
"But how, where, or when it traveled , or who carried it, remains unknown."

I'll go into more this weekend. Have to be in at the University on Friday.


Sue Clemenger wrote:
> What do they say about the chili? I recently had someone tell me, in all
> earnestnesss, that Columbus had brought back tomatoes and chili peppers,
> which apparently means that a creamy tomato soup (with chilis among the
> seasonings) is thusly period.  Mind you, it was a *very* tasty soup....;o)
> --Maire
>> The latest issue of Gastronomica 7:2 Spring 2007
>> features these articles that may be of interest to the list:
>> The Medieval Spice Trade and the Diffusion of the Chile by Clifford
>> Wright pp. 35-43 Johnna

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