[Sca-cooks] Period substitute for tomatoes?

Johnna Holloway johnnae at mac.com
Fri Aug 21 10:48:21 PDT 2009

The tomatoes sources were cited a few minutes ago. Or check out the 
article in
the Florilegium. "Sixteenth Century Italian and Spanish Tomato 
References" by Johnnae llyn Lewis, Helewyse de Birkestad, and Brighid ni 

The potato references are even later than tomatoes and are open to a 
number of questions. Perhaps they are mentioned in German cookery late
in the 16th century or maybe not. As for the Mediterranean area, and 
white potato references---sorry. If you want to explore potato history start
with John Reader's  Propitious Esculent: The Potato in World History. 
It's the latest book on the subject.


Judith Epstein wrote:
> On Aug 21, 2009, at 12:02 PM, morgana.abbey at juno.com wrote:OK.  The 
> question is backwards. It's not what to substitute for tomatoes.  It's 
> when tomatoes were introduced into the Old World, were *they* subbed 
> into existing recipes or were new dishes created for them?
> That does indeed put the correct complexion on the problem. Where 
> would I go to look up the recipes from my area of interest (Near East, 
> North Africa, Arabian Peninsula, and India) that were the first to 
> incorporate tomatoes and potatoes?
> Judith / no SCA name yet 

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