[Authentic_SCA] Re: Hard to get ingredients
- At 8:35 PM +0000 2/25/05, Susan Farmer wrote:
>--- In Authentic_SCA@yahoogroups.com, lilinah@e... wrote:It's probably worth checking whether the "camphor" in the recipe is
>> There are a couple of flavorings called for in some of the dishes i
>> cook. I don't know how safe they actually are to eat.
>> Among these ingredients are camphor and musk. I know that genuine
>> musk is safe to eat, but extremely expensive, so my real interest is
>> in a safe-to-eat substitute. I can get real camphor - from the
>> camphor tree, which is related to cinnamon (or at least i used to be
>> able to, haven't tracked it down for a few years), but i don't know
>> if it's actually safe to consume.
>> I wonder if folks have any ideas about how safe they are, and what to
>> substitute for them. Any information?
>Camphor probably shouldn't be used in food. Here's what the CDC has
>to say about it's safety .....
>Jerusha, the botanist
the same as what we currently call "camphor." I have this vague
feeling that it may not be. Considering the confusion between
"cinnamon" and "cassia," for instance, it's always worth trying to
find out exactly _which_ plant was actually being recommended.
Then again, those "middlevil" people occasionally _did_ eat some
things that we would now classify as Not Good for Us at All...
O (Lady) Christian de Holacombe , Shire of Windy Meads
+ Chris Laning <claning@...>
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