[Sca-cooks] Period substitute for tomatoes?
selene at earthlink.net
Fri Aug 21 10:03:10 PDT 2009
>> If there is a way to get that fresh, flavorful burst (without using
>> eggplant if I don't have to -- I know it's all the rage in the
>> medieval Near East, but I don't actually like it)... I'd love to know
>> what it is.
Back to the original question... many kind of fruit known in period
would work. And the Mediterranean area, which I perceive to be your
main area of interest, was the veritable fruit bowl of the Western
world. Grapes, apricots, melons and citrus. Particularly picked on the
early side, for a bit more tartness than the fully-ripe specimens.
Also: a bit of "point" is also added with vinegar and with verjus, aka
sour grape juice. The latter is widely available in Middle Eastern
groceries; brands include Sadaf and Shemshad. I am liking it quite a
bit for salad dressings these days.
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