t.d.decker at att.net
Thu Jan 24 17:39:28 PST 2013
Rye was the common grain of northern Europe. It was well suited for the
climate and the short growing period. Less common, but also grown in the
Ukraine (remember the source is from Kiev) was winter wheat, which was
brought to the US by Russian Mennonites in the 19th Century. The potato is
probably out of period.
> Yay Bear!!. I have been looking into my archeological grain findings too.
> Seems they refer to rye more times than not. One of the more recent finds
> says potato....
> On Thu, Jan 24, 2013 at 12:48 PM, Terry Decker <t.d.decker at att.net> wrote:
>> Remnants of grain is very helpful. The thickener is obviously starch
>> cereal. The remnants are very likely the "middlings" from milling flour,
>> most probably wheat or spelt. You might also want to look for archaic
>> definitions for the translation of "remnants." It is possible that they
>> are actually referring to flour or even wheat starch.
>> The Primary Chronicle (or The Tale of Bygone Years) is actually early
>> Century (about 1113) and covers Kievan history from about 850 to 1110.
>> Since there isn't (to my knowledge) an existing copy of the original you
>> may be looking at a modification from the 14th or 15th Century.
>> And, there are again those nebulous 10th century references to the
>>> Chronicle where this was made. What kind of "thickener" would have been
>>> use then? "Remnants of grain" isn't helpful.
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