Book of Preserving Fruit, 1580-1660, Volume 2 Peaches-Strawberries
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Historical rabbit holes, for those who are inclined.
These slender booklets from Historical Management Associates are the work of an organization dedicated to historical re-enactment in the UK. They are written with a stickler’s attention to historical precision and a conviction that nothing is too arcane to investigate. Some of the books are simple transcriptions of period manuscripts; others represent significant original research, as in Cattle Farming and Grazing Management, which is 52 pages long but cites 36 sources, many of them published in the 17th century.
From the introduction to Volume 1:
“There were a wide variety of ‘preserves’ at the period. The terms included methods which preserved the item in recognisable pieces, others where it formed a pulp or where a sweetmeat or jelly was made from an extract.”
A staplebound pamphlet. 76 pages.
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