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Syrup Of basil

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

Syrup of Basil. Take seeds of fresh green basil, pound them in a stone mortar, and press out their water. Take these seeds and cook them in water until half of the water remains, clarify it and leave it to cool. Pour in a suitable amount sugar when it is cold, and put it on the fire until it takes the consistency of syrup. If seeds cannot be found, take the leaves, be they green or dried, cook them in water to cover until their substance comes out, and then take the clean part of it and add the sugar; cook it as I have indicated for the seeds, and take it to an earthenware vessel. Drink an ûqiya of this in three of cold water. Its benefits are to free the bowel with blood and for him who has a cough with diarrhea.


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