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2. pera del cremeño, OCast çermeña, Arag zeremeña, Eng. very small and extremely early pear. Without further description it is not possible to identify the species. Villena describes this to be as small as a little flower. He instructs not to peel it but only remove a little of the top.
[Anón/Huici: 1996:469:476; ES: Medieval Spanish Chef. Cedazo, Postd Oct 10, 12:Corvillo. Posted Aug 19, 13:Janet. Posted Jun 22, 15 etc; Nola. 1989:xvii-3:xlix-1:liii-3 etc; Villena/Calero. 2002:68:ftn 147: :23a:42b:43b]
AN ORIENTAL SWEET ADAPTED FROM HUICI’S TRANSLATION OF ANÓN AL-ANDALUS, #469 DULCE ORIENTAL, p 256
1 qt pear juice
1 c white sugar
2 tsp sweet oil
1 tbsp rosewater (optional)
1 tsp camphor (optional)
This is given patients suffering from fever as a food and is serve instead of medicine.
Select pled sweet almonds and gently chop them in a food processor. Add pear juice
and blend well. Strain through a clean cloth to make almond milk (or juice in this case). Add white sugar.
Pour this into a glazed earthenware dish and slowly heat. Bring to a boil and add dissolved starch and when it thickens add rose oil and sweet oil. Gently heat until diluted and it begins to thicken. Remove from heat and put it in a serving dish.
If the patient has a weak stomach, add rosewater mixed with camphor.