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A Syrup Of honey


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

A Syrup of Honey. Take a quarter ûqiya each of cinnamon, flower of cloves and ginger, mastic, nutmeg, Chinese cinnamon, Sindi laurel, Indian lavender, Roman spikenard, elder twigs, elder seeds, oil of nutmeg, bitter and sweet nuts, large and small cardamom, wild spikenard, galingale, aloe stems, saffron, and sedge. Pound all this coarsely, tie it in a cloth, and put it in the kettle with fifteen ratls of water and five of honey, cleaned of its foam. Cook all this until it is at the point of drinking. Drink an û qiya and a half, and up to two, with hot water. Its benefit is for weak livers; it fortifies the stomach and benefits dropsy among other ailments; it dissolves phlegm from all parts of the body and heats it a great deal, gives gaiety, lightens the body, and it was used by the ancients like wine for weariness.

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