Monthly Archives: September 2009

Wines and Rosewater – Distilling Techniques from the Middle East

This post won’t be for ‘everyone’ – it is about the transfer of technology from the Middle East to Europe, specifically, about distilling techniques. The entry is condensed from the this site, from which full footnotes are available. Alcohol and … Continue reading

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The Introduction of Perfumes and Rosewater to Europe from the Middle East

A variety of agricultural and food-related technologies were developed in the Middle East during the Medieval Period and introduced by means of trade through the Mediterranean as well as by conquest – or as part of the Crusaders contact with … Continue reading

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More about Wild Mango Relish from West Africa

Several readers have asked for more information about dika or ndika, the  wild mango  of tropical Africa that is  discussed in this recent entry, from which a tasty relish is made.  It is a fabulous ‘MPT’ – Multi-Purpose Tree species … Continue reading

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Herbal Treatments in Africa for Malaria in the 19th Century – A Hit-and-Miss Affair

Malaria was a major scourge for colonial explorers in tropical Africa – as, indeed, it is today.  Since the malady was unknown in northern Europe and the UK, treatments during the colonial era were hit-and-miss.  Some of the concoctions were … Continue reading

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Wild Mango Relish from West Africa, 1873

With over 30 volumes published, Sir Richard Burton was by far the most prolific of colonial explorers-writers.  As well, he was a skilled linguist said to be fluent in over 10 languages.  A keen observer of flora and fauna, as … Continue reading

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Eighth Century Trade in the Mediterranean & the Spread of Sugar

While searching for something utterly different, I came upon a fascinating document that details the Transfer of Islamic Technology to the West. The following entry on the origin and dissemination of sugar, and photo, are taken from volume three. Sugar … Continue reading

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Changing Local Diets and Food Expectations with Subsidized foods

Sources:  Top –   Moses Ouma Migoya; Bottom –  The Butterfly Tree In my last blog I talked about the impact of food assistance on local diets in the Southern Hemisphere; programs such as the two depicted above. But food … Continue reading

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