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To Keep Roses Red


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 KEEP ROSES RED, take a dozen buds, and gather them into a bundle, and then wrap them in linen and tie the string tightly as you would a parcel, and make as many bundles of roses as you like; and then put them in a jug of Beauvais ware and be sure it is not made of clay from anywhere else, and fill it with verjuice: and as the verjuice disappears, add to it, but let the verjuice be very well made. And when you want them to open out fully, take them out and put them in warm water, and let them soak a little.

Item, to keep roses another way, take as many buds as you want, and put them in a bottle made of Beauvais clay, as many as you can get into it. Then take the finest sand you can get, and put in the bottle as much as you can, and then stopper it tightly so that nothing can get in or out, and put the bottle in a flowing stream: and your roses will keep the whole year.

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