[Sca-cooks] Il famoso convito 1561
helewyse at yahoo.com
Sat Dec 5 06:23:18 PST 2009
Scappi mentions broccoli and has recipes for it, but this reference is pretty much the same time period. What I found interesting was looking at the description before the list of foods.
Twenty four plates of salad were served to the gentles of the feast as follows (not an exact translation but a gloss):
Lettuce Small capers cooked onions
Mixed white chicory ramps
Chicory roots carrots cooked roots
Broccoli Citron with sugar & rosewater Hungarian style radish
Asparagus raw roots (radish?) Split olives
roots of beet cooked black winter radish
Now what caught my eye was the roots of beet. The only other reference I found to beets was from much later (1620) and mentioned them as something new that was coming in from germany, most of the other references to Biete or bietole are referring to the leaves (aka swiss chard).
Book marking this one.
Woah! Something caught my eye on this. Take a look at the page at the
At the top of the page, first column, the first two entries are
"Broccoli" and "Fiore di cauoli", which I assume are broccoli and
It's nice to see them listed separately in a book printed in 1561,
especially considering how recently the myth was going around on the
internet that broccoli was invented in the 1700s by ancestors of Albert
Broccoli (producer of the Bond films).
This is one of the earliest references I've seen to broccoli.
Thanks for posting the link.
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