hist-brewing: suger substitution

Beth Ann Snead ladypeyton at yahoo.com
Thu Dec 31 09:07:11 PST 1998


Please note as an addendum to my previous post on cane sugar that
_Plant Names of Medieval England_ by Tony Hunt lists Sugar Cane and
it's medieval name whuch was "Calamus"

Under the listing "Calamus" one finds:

Calamus
Reed incl. Sugar Cane
(Saccharum officinarum)
(c. maior) a reed cane (c. minor) reed cane (c. zuccura) sugircane
(C1) rede (C21)pe swote reede(C31)

The codes in parentheses denotes literary references which were
published that identified the plant.  The ones denoted here were dated
to 1400-1500.  However when one read about the manuscripts mentioned
one found that some were collections of  manuscripts first printed in
the late 1200's.  Sugar Cane was known in England as early as 1200. 
and was referred to as a "sweet reed" (C31) in a paper about
Absinthium wormewode" published in 1443.  

Beth Ann




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