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?
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