Nothing is more likely to encourage people to eat a lovely, fresh apple than bringing Satan into the conversation…
Words of wisdom from a doyenne of the Boston Cooking School, published in 1891 and still, sadly, as true today as they were back then.
When winter came in 19th century America, it was out with the thin linen cloths to protect the fruit still on the trees.
Another 16th century mention for multiple-variety fruit tree grafting suggests it was quite a common practice for the time.
As this 16th century quotation shows, the concept of the multi-variety ‘family’ fruit tree is not a new one.
Hot stomake? Pissing in drops? Dry skin? Gonnhorrhaea? Smallpox scars? John Gerard has a remedy for that, and it’s cheaper than you might think…
Not sure when to graffe your peares, wardens or apples? Here’s Master F. to set you straight.
Bubonic Plague? Pleurisy? Gervase Markham has just the thing to get you back on your feet again.
Here’s a 16th century guide to assembling your graffynge kit, which every good housbande should keep to hand.