[Sca-cooks] period spice containers/storage
ranvaig at columbus.rr.com
Sun Jun 26 21:13:56 PDT 2011
>Um, aren't peach kernels poisonous? And cherry stones are very hard. I can't
>see them softening enough to eat, even after candying. Or did people just
>suck the sugar off and get a bit of cherry flavour along with it?
Cherry kernels have a "nut" inside the shell, which is the part that
is eaten. Mahlab is made from sour cherry kernels and is still used
a seasoning in the Middle East. The taste is said to be a
combination or bitter almond and cherry.
Peach kernels are similar to bitter almonds, mildly toxic, but you
would have to eat a large amount.
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