[Sca-cooks] squashes/pumpkins

Johnna Holloway johnna at sitka.engin.umich.edu
Fri Nov 9 12:30:29 PST 2007

Numerous texts such as John Harvey's work on Medieval Gardens explain 
how many new world plants took over the names
of old world plants. The beans are one; the gourds another. The 
Florilegium and the archives ought to have
a number of former pumpkin/squash posts that go into all the details.


Jennifer Carlson wrote:
> I've wondered about the pumpkin/squash/gourd/marrow thing, too.
> In the Viennese codex "Tacunium Sanitatis," a 13th?-14th? century health manual, there is an illustration of people harvesting what the translator calls "pumpkins."  The pumpkins look like hubbard squashes.  The particular translation I have access to is called "The Four Seasons of the House of Cerruti," and I believe does not include the entire codex. Any nutritional anthropologists out there?
> Talana

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