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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

Figs. Averroes says that figs are the best fruit because they clean the stomach and cause bowel movements and bring heat and moisture. Avicenna says that they cause bad blood, wherefore people who eat too many of them get skin diseases and lice. But they are good for the liver and the spleen, if they are clogged up, and they clean the kidneys and bladderand open the way where the food is to go in. If they are eaten with nuts or almonds long before eating (the main meal), they are good for the chest and against roughness in the throat. If they are boiled in water and eaten dry, with nuts, they are good against all poisonings.

Veigen. Das pest obs, spricht Auerrois, sein veigenn, wann sie reynigenn den magenn vnd machenn zu stul genn vnd bringenn hicz vnd feuchtigkeit. Auicenna spricht, das sie böß plut machenn, vnd darvmb wer ir vil isset, der wirt grindig vnd vol lewß. Doch so sein sie nücz der lebernn vnd dem milcz, so sie verstopfft sein, vnd den nyernn vnd dye blosen reinigt sie vnd thut den weg auff, do die speyß soll ein genn. So man sie isset mit nussen oder mit mandel lang dar vor, ee man isset, die sein nücz der prust vnd furr die reuhen in der kelen. So man sie in wasser seudt vnd sie trucken ißt mit nußenn, so sein sie furr alle vergifft gut.

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Other versions of this recipe:

BASIN of Figs (Libre del Coch)




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