[Sca-cooks] maize and cubits
Stefan li Rous
StefanliRous at austin.rr.com
Sat Nov 28 01:32:13 PST 2009
Back on September 1, Bear said:
<<< Leonard Fuchs refers to maize as Turkische Ko:rn in his herbal
but the best evidence is from Leonard Rauwolf who traveled between
and Baghdad in 1573-75. Along the Euphrates, Rauwolf observed, "Indian
millet (maize) six, seven or eight cubits high."
Something doesn't seem right here. Looking up the length of a "cubit"
on the web I get varying measurements, but they range from "about 17
to 22 inches (43 to 56 centimeters)". Even assuming a conservative
number of 17 inches that makes the shortest "Indian millet (maize) 102
inches or 8.5 feet tall and the taller up to 136 inches or 11.3 feet
I know we've been breeding maize to be shorter and thus easier to
harvest, but these numbers seem awfully tall.
THLord Stefan li Rous Barony of Bryn Gwlad Kingdom of Ansteorra
Mark S. Harris Austin, Texas StefanliRous at austin.rr.com
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