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Syrup Of Isfitân


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 Isfitân. Take half a ratl of flower of isfitân, and cook it with five ratls of water until its substance comes out, then take the clear part of it and mix it with two ratls of honey. The bag: half an ûqiya of cinnamon, then cook all this until it takes the form of a syrup. Drink an û qiya with three of hot water. Its advantages are for melancholic fevers, and it is not used in other illnesses except at the beginning; and with this it provokes urine and menstruation, and cleans the stomach of filth.

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