Mr Worlidge outlines the advantages of growing pears rather than apples in wet, heavy soils, and tells us the best C17th sorts to plant for perry.
I have no idea who this “Agricola” fellow might have been, but by Jove, I do like the sound of his pro-cider rhetoric.
Please find enclosed 1 (one) instruction leaflet for your C17th home distillation kit; brick furnace, alembic and stave barrel not included.
Why on earth would you want to boil cyder? Here’s a suggestion from the C18th, courtesy of Messrs. Chomel and Bradley.
Here are a few C18th suggestions as to added flavours that you might – or might not – like to add to your cyder.
A few words of reasonable wisdom on ‘graffing’ from a learned C16th gentleman… plus a whole lot of apparent nonsense.
This C18th method for protecting fruit trees from the cold sounds a bit suspect to me, but the author was clearly convinced.
Here’s some eighteenth century advice on the best time to collect pear and plum scions and how to store them before grafting.
What a lovely idea. I’m sure we all want to cherish our trees properly in winter, don’t we? Buckets at the ready, folks.
This C19th medical man was clearly a big fan of the humble apple and its wealth of health-giving properties.