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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

ACEITE DE ZAMORA

MILLSTONE AND OLIVE OIL PRESS
Photo by: Rrodrickbeiler
olive oil from Zamora. During the 10th C at least in León oil was imported from there as León had no olive groves. Zamora, however, is the extreme end of olive groves in Spain. The fruit came very late and was not sufficient to supply the province. The quantities of olive oil sent to León were not enough to meet the demand and were expensive compared to lard. Oil was used by the rich and some monks not the poor. Mozarabe monks and those from Toledo in cloisters in Leon preferred olive oil to lard and did their best to procure it. See aceite de olivo. [Sánchez-Albornoz. 2000: 44-46:ftn 58]

2 comments:

  1. Abubilla or hoopoe is also the origin of the expression "cloud cuckoo land" a translation of some lines in the hoopoe's song in Aristophanes' The Birds, as translated for a 19th Century Yale student production.
    Charlie

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  2. Thank you so much Charles. I had no idea about the Yale production of Aristophanes' The Birds. Very interesting. I am copying and pasting it to comments under "abubills"

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