RAVENNA: FRANK-STYLE TURNIP (VI cent)

The purpose of Anthimus was educating the barbarian (franks) to the mediterranean diet, rich in olive oil, fish and vegetable. But yet, his “client”, the ruling king, was still a frank, and he could not be contradicted too much. In these few lines, you can read how Anthimus mold his strategy:

TRANSLATION (by the author of this blog)

Turnips are good. They should be eaten boiled with salt and oil. But to make them tasty, they are cooked in this way, with meat or with bacon and vinegar.

ORIGINAL VERSION

Napi boni sunt. Elixi in sale et oleo manducentur, siue cum carnibus uel laredo cocti ita, ut acetum pro sapore in coctura mittatur.

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