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Author:  Liza [ Mon Apr 19, 2010 9:19 am ]
Post subject:  18th century fruit

I wonder if someone can confirm,
I know some fruit varieties existed in rural France, as people made jams from them, but I'm not sure about the following: cherries, pears, peaches, plums, apricots, apples, raspberries, gooseberries, blackberries?
And if so, would the people have eaten them as we do? Thanks very much for your help.

Author:  baron de batz [ Mon Apr 19, 2010 1:23 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: 18th century fruit

Fruite eating was well developed in 17th and 18th century France as de la Quinterie's books on gardening attest. He was Louis XIV's brilliant gardener and looked after the King's kitchen garden. People therefore grew and ate fruit as we do, including many varieties that have died out since. All the techniques that exist now existed then.

Author:  Liza [ Mon Apr 19, 2010 3:25 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: 18th century fruit

Thanks so much for the info Baron... much appreciated.

Author:  jimcheval [ Sat May 01, 2010 5:57 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: 18th century fruit

One fun and ready source on this kind of thing is Gillier's Le cannameliste fran├žais (1768):

http://books.google.com/books?id=Fj5AAA ... &q&f=false

Chock full of recipes for various (mainly) sweets and with definitions of most of the major fruits.

Author:  Liza [ Mon May 03, 2010 1:06 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: 18th century fruit

Thanks again, Jim, lots of interesting things in there!
Cheers!

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