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Syrup Of lavender (halhâl)


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 Lavender (Halhâl). Take a ratl of lavender and cook it in water to cover until its substance comes out. Then take the clear part of it and add it to a ratl of honey and cook all this until it takes the form of a syrup. Drink an ûqiya and a half of this with three of hot water. Its advantages are in cleaning the brain and the stomach; it lightens the body and dries up black bile gently, but it contracts the breath, and it is fitting to regulate the drink with the cheering drink or water of mufarrih (cheering).

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