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To Make Lime

This is an excerpt from Le Menagier de Paris
(France, 1393 - Janet Hinson, trans.)
The original source can be found at David Friedman's website

TO MAKE LIME, you must peel holly while it is in sap, (and this is usually from May to August,) and then boil the bark in water until the outer bark separates: then peel it, and when the outer bark is peeled away, wrap the remainder in leaves of dwarf-elder, seun, or other broad leaves, and put in a cool place such as a cellar, or in the ground or in a cold manure-heap, until it is rotted, And then pound it like a puree of cabbages and make into round cakes like woad, and then go wash the cakes one after the other and cut up like wax; and they should not be washed too much in the first water nor should the water be too hard. And after they have all been cut and hardened in good flowing water, put in a pot and keep well covered.


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