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 18th century fruit 
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Post 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.


Mon Apr 19, 2010 9:19 am
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Post 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.

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Mon Apr 19, 2010 1:23 pm
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Thanks so much for the info Baron... much appreciated.


Mon Apr 19, 2010 3:25 pm
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One fun and ready source on this kind of thing is Gillier's Le cannameliste français (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.

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


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