[Sca-cooks] serving fresh fruit

David Walddon david at vastrepast.com
Thu Sep 2 14:55:11 PDT 2010

There is also a TON of information in the first five books of De Honesta on
eating fruit and cooking with fruit and vegetables.
Stay tuned for publication date of my paper "The Hidden Recipes of
Bartolomeo Sacchi: An exploration of the recipes in the first five books of
De Honesta Voluptate et Valetudine".

I gave this paper at RSA in San Francisco, but am just pursuing publication
now (my job eats my life!). There are 38 Fruit Recipes and 58 Vegetable
recipes in the first five books. These do not include references about when
to eat fruit (fresh or otherwise) from a seasonal or menu standpoint (there
are lots of those recipes but I did not identify them in this paper).


On 9/2/10 2:44 PM, "wheezul at canby.com" <wheezul at canby.com> wrote:

>> Find evidence for serving fresh, raw fruits and vegetables at medieval
>> foods has been rather difficult to document for various reasons.
>> Such items could only be served for a few weeks or months each year, even
>> less for fresh fruit juices. It wasn't that long ago that a question on
>> the serving of fresh fruit or juices would be met with "it wasn't done" or
>> "juices would ferment before they could be used". Folks have dug up
>> evidence of both of these being served, but we still don't have enough
>> evidence to say yes or no for specific cultures and times.
>> Fresh fruits and juices would often have come from private gardens and
>> manor stocks, so they don't show up in purchasing records.
> I can add that there is quite a bit of information in the German books
> like the translation of Petrus' work, or in Ryff's big herbal that should
> address some of 16th century German culture.  One of my goals is to go
> through them and look for the many culinary tidbits.  The entries on the
> trees/fruits/plants include quite useful information on comsumption in
> additional to the medicinal properties and are generally illustrated as
> well.  But the backlog of stuff to translate is pretty daunting and I wish
> it actually was my job! :)
> And I have a really hard time believing that a primate wouldn't eat raw
> fruit when it was available with the normal caveat of weirder things have
> happened...
> Katherine
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