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To Make Green ginger Or Green Calamus

This is an excerpt from Een notabel boecxken van cokeryen
(Netherlands, ca. 1510 - C. van Tets, trans.)
The original source can be found at Willy Van Cammeren's website

To make green ginger or green calamus. One shall take large beautiful roots of ginger which is lush, and peel them. Then one shall stick them through with the sharp point of a knife. Then one shall boil them in water until they are thoroughly steeped in that water. Then one shall take them out and lay them on a table and press the water out and lay them nine days in honey water or in syrup to soften (that is, honey boiled with water and skimmed) and cover it and put it in a glazed vat and set it away thus. And if it is that the ginger does not become soft enough so pour rainwater over it and set it eight days in the sun. Then one shall make a well in a cellar in the earth or in another damp place and put into it salt that is damp, and put in the roots so that one does not touch another. And pour clean water on them five or six times a day for four days and until they are soft. And then lay them in honey.


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