[Sca-cooks] Cranberries was Twill weaves and garb,
judith at ipstenu.org
Wed Aug 26 05:17:20 PDT 2009
So, shorthanding this... I can use cranberries in Period cooking,
provided I can find documentation for a recipe using marshwort,
fenwort, fenberry, or mossberry?
On Aug 25, 2009, at 8:54 PM, Johnna Holloway wrote:
> And why do you think they didn't have a form of cranberry in the Old
> You see this is a trick question.
> Genus /Vaccinium/, family Ericaceae: several species.
> If you look under
> "Vaccinium" /A Dictionary of Plant Sciences/. Michael Allaby. Oxford
> University Press, 2006. /Oxford Reference Online/.
> you will find this entry:
> "Vaccinium/* (bilberry; family *Ericaceae
> A genus of mostly low shrubs, often evergreen, with alternate,
> *simple leaves, *tetra- or *pentamerous flowers with mostly bell-
> or urn shaped *corollas and *inferior *ovaries, and *berry-like
> fruits. There are some 450 species, found mostly in the northern
> (temperate zone and the Arctic, with some tropical mountain
> outliers. Several species are cultivated, particularly the American
> cranberry (V. macrocarpon), with reflexed corolla lobes, from whose
> berries cranberry sauce is made; European cranberry (V. oxycoccos)
> is a similar but smaller species, also with edible berries, found in
> bogs throughout the northern temperate zone."
> • /Vaccinium vitis-idaea/, family Ericaceae. • the edible acid berry
> of the cowberry plant.
> If you look under "cranberry" /An A-Z of Food and Drink/. Ed. John
> Ayto. OUP, 2002 /Oxford Reference Online/ you will find:
> "Cranberries grow in Britain, but in medieval times they went under
> a variety of names such as /marsh-wort, fen-wort, fen-berry/, and /
> moss-berry/. The term /cranberry/ did not appear until the late
> seventeenth century, in America. It was a partial translation of /
> kranbeere/, literally ‘craneberry,’ brought across the Atlantic by
> German immigrants (the German word is an allusion to the plant's
> long beaklike stamens). It was the Germans and Scandinavians, too,
> who probably popularized the notion of eating cranberries with
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