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cabbage Is Hot And Dries Out The Body And Makes People Sing Well

This is an excerpt from Das Kochbuch des Meisters Eberhard
(Germany, 15th century - V. Bach, trans.)
The original source can be found at Mark S. Harris' Florilegium

Cabbage is hot and dries out the body and makes people sing well. The juice coming from it is good to drink for sick people and makes bad blood, and Rhazes says it causes many bad dreams. It causes bowel movements and softens the chest and the throat, and Orbasius orders people who have a disease [the dropsy?] in the loins or hands and feet to eat cabbage.

Köelkraut ist hiczig vnd derret vnd macht wol singenn. Das safft, das von im kumbt, ist gut gedruncken grunckenn lewtenn vnd macht böes plut, vnd spricht Rasis, das sie macht schwerr pöß trawm. Es macht zu stul gen vnd erweicht die prust vnd die kelenn, vnd gepewtet Orbasius den menschen, die das gesüecht in den lendenn habenn, auch an hendenn vnd an fussenn, das sie sullen köl essenn.


Other versions of this recipe:

Fleshy Leaves of Cabbages (Libre del Coch)

And first the cabbage-heads (Le Menagier de Paris)

And know that cabbages like to be put on the fire early in the morning (Le Menagier de Paris)

CABBAGES are of five kinds: the best are those which have been touched with frost (Le Menagier de Paris)

Cabochis (Two Fifteenth-Century Cookery-Books)

Heads of cabbage (Le Menagier de Paris)

Caboges (Two Fifteenth-Century Cookery-Books)

Pottage of cabbage flowers (Ouverture de Cuisine)

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