[Sca-cooks] Erdnüß / erdapfel

Sharon Palmer ranvaig at columbus.rr.com
Wed May 2 18:48:17 PDT 2012

Rumpolt has a menu item for "Eyngemachte 
Erdnüß.", in a section of other recipes of fruit 
preserved in sugar. 

Modernly Erdnüß means peanuts, but peanuts are New World.

Grimm's Deutsches Wörterbuch says Erdnusz means 
lathyrus tuberosus, malum terrae, erdapfel.

Per Wikipedia:
Lathyrus tuberosus, also known as the Tuberous 
Pea, Tuberous Vetchling,[1] Earthnut Pea, or 
Aardaker, is a small, climbing perennial plant, 
native in moist temperate parts of Europe and 
Western Asia.

It is occasionally grown as a root vegetable for 
its edible tuber. The sweet, starchy tubers are 
edible cooked or raw. Although palatable and 
nutritious, the crop is hampered by low 

The infamous Rumpolt "potato" recipe seems to also refer to this root.

Zugemüß 37.  Erdtepffel.  Schel vnd schneidt sie 
klein/ quell sie in Wasser/ vnnd druck es wol auß 
durch ein Härin Tuch/ hack sie klein/ vnd rößt 
sie in Speck/ der klein geschnitten ist/ nim~ ein 
wenig Milch darvnter/ vnd laß darmit sieden/ so 
wirt es gut vnd wolgeschmack.

37.  Earth apples.  Peel and cut them small/ 
parboil them in water/ and press it well through 
a hair cloth/ chop them small/ and roast in 
bacon/ that is cut small/ take a little milk with 
it/ and let cook together/ like this it becomes 
good and well tasting.

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