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The Little Drink Of Roots

This is an excerpt from An Anonymous Andalusian Cookbook
(Andalusia, 13th c. - Charles Perry, trans.)
The original source can be found at David Friedman's website

The Little Drink of Roots: Way of Making It. Take the skin of the stems of caper bush, the skin of the stems of celery, the skin of fennel root and the skin of wild carrots, two ûqiyas of each; two handfuls each of halhâ l (lavender?), cilantro of the spring, dawmirân, ghâfit, chicory, pennyroyal and euphorbia. The bag: cinnamon, and flower of cloves and ginger, an ûqiya of each; half a mithqâl of saffron; three ratls of honey, cleaned of its foam. Cook the seeds and herbs, covered with water, until their strength comes out. Then take the clean part, add to the honey, and take it to the fire, and put the bag in a kettle until it forms a well-made syrup. Take it from the fire and pour it into an earthenware vessel. The drink is made with two ûqiyas of syrup to three ûqiyas of hot water. Its benefits: it benefits the liver and opens occlusions of it, it is useful for the spleen and cleanses the stomach of its extra phlegm wherever it is found in the body, and it is of profit in diseases of dropsy, God willing.


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