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The Culture of Food in England 1200–1500$
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C. M. Woolgar

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780300181913

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300181913.001.0001

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Gardens, Wild Foods, Fish and Hunting

Gardens, Wild Foods, Fish and Hunting

(p.101) Chapter Six Gardens, Wild Foods, Fish and Hunting
The Culture of Food in England 1200–1500

C. M. Woolgar

Yale University Press

This chapter begins by discussing the importance of gardens in the medieval food culture. Gardens, like fields, were crucial to the supply of food, and passing on a knowledge of plants and their potential as food products was essential. Fruit trees were often to be found in these gardens. These fruits vary from apples known as blaunderels, costards, pippins, queenings, red stars, and Ricardons; pears Jonette, pearmains, and wardens; and there was also a variety of white plum. Aside from fruits, there were also herb gardens designed to provide pot herbs and flavourings as well as herbs for medicinal use. The chapter then turns to wild foods such as berries. It also looks at the significance of fish and studies the practice of hunting and wildfowling.

Keywords:   gardens, fruit trees, herb gardens, wild foods, berries, fish, hunting, wildfowling

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