[Sca-cooks] Ash Tree Keys

Galefridus Peregrinus galefridus at optimum.net
Sun Aug 26 19:59:48 PDT 2012

Definitely slightly bitter, but I observed no almond notes. A fairly mild flavor, otherwise. And yes, that was probably me in the Pennsic U tent. I really wanted to sit in on one of your classes, but was horrifically busy -- I was running a department this year. Hopefully next year...

When I picked the ash keys for my atraf al-tib, they were still green and a bit soft. I spread them on a cookie sheet and let them dry, then buzzed them through the small coffee mill that I use to grind up spices.

-- Galefridus

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> Galefridus Peregrinus wrote:
>> I have also made atraf al-tib using ash keys. I have been able to harvest them in 
>> plentiful quantities in late May in my part of North America (northern NJ). I have not 
>> observed that they stay on the tree through the year, though. I'll leave myself a note 
>> to collect some seeds for you next May, if you like.
> That would be sooooo wonderful! Someone from Europe - not on this list - wrote to me and said that the seeds have a somewhat bitter almond flavor. How did they, by themselves, taste to you?
> BTW, i may have just missed meeting you at Pennsic. Someone named Galefridus came into a Pennsic U. tent i was in (maybe when i was teaching?) and then vanished before i could say, "Hi!" Could that have been you?
> Johnna Holloway wrote:
>> We've lost our ash trees here due to the invasive
>> Emerald Ash Borer.
>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emerald_ash_borer
>> http://stopthebeetle.info/
>> I know you can't move firewood. I am uncertain if ash keys would be on the prohibited 
>> list of ash products.
> I know, sadly. From reading those websites, it appears that the larvae are under the bark and burrowing into the wood. Nothing mentioned the keys. But i suggested drying the keys in an oven - in hopes that would stop any beasties from migrating with the keys.
> Urtatim (that's err-tah-TEEM)
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