[Sca-cooks] Candying Nutmegs: Was Break the Pot
johnnae at mac.com
Sun Nov 1 05:01:14 PST 2009
The nutmeg trade in the 17th century is recounted in
Nathaniel's Nutmeg: Or, The True and Incredible Adventures of the
Spice Trader Who Changed The Course Of History.
Should be a review in the Florilegium.
On Nov 1, 2009, at 7:45 AM, Phil Troy / G. Tacitus Adamantius wrote:
> On Nov 1, 2009, at 2:05 AM, otsisto wrote:
>> My apologies for not following this thread but this post caught my
>> eye. The
>> nutmeg has fruit surrounding the nut and the Indonisians candy it.
>> Could the fruit be what the recipe is calling to be candied?
>> Fruit, mace and nut
> Hmmm. It's an interesting idea, but since they refer to usually
> nutmeg and mace as separate items, and since candying could indicate
> (among other things) a need to preserve things, long journeys by
> land and sea and all, it sort of makes you wonder where the fresh
> whole nutmeg fruits are coming from in this model.
> I'd be more inclined to think they're talking about ordinary peeled
> nutmegs, and that, as with cuir bouilli, once infused, the nutmeg
> takes on a different character.
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