Thursday, November 13, 2008

Calavance sighting: Mediterranean Vegetables by Clifford A. Wright

The following entry for calavance (our word of the week from the Dictionary of Newfoundland English) appears in a book about mediterranean vegetables by Clifford A. Wright:

Dolichos barbadensis and D. sinensis etc.

Calavance is the name given to several varieties of pulse in the Dolichos genus, a genus that includes the hyacinth bean. it is not known how the word calavance entered the English language. Athenaeus relates that the Spartans could serve green calavances, beans and dried figs at kopides, feasts given for strangers. Today this vegetable is eaten by Bedouin and Berber tribes in North Africa.

Mediterranean Vegetables: A Cook's ABC of Vegetables and Their Preparation in Spain, France, Italy, Greece, Turkey, the Middle East, and North Africa with More Than 200 Authentic Recipes for the Home Cook
By Clifford A. Wright
Published by Harvard Common Press, 2001
ISBN 1558321969, 9781558321960
416 pages


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