[Sca-cooks] Viking Dining Light

Sharon Gordon gordonse at one.net
Wed Apr 1 11:56:45 PDT 2009

As a series of facts in a book about Vikings the author notes that Vikings
lit their homes with torches of  bundles of marsh grass called lyssiv (light
straw).  It has a central core of wicklike white pith. 


Does anyone know if this was from an edible grain such as barley or flax?
I'd also be interested in whether the pith was used like a wick in oil or
fat or whether it was used to soak up oil in a more sponge like way and then
lit if anyone is familiar with this.



gordonse at one.net


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