Saturday, April 26, 2008

La Fraise

During the 13th century, France cultivated strawberries for its medicinal purpose. The roots, fruits and leaves were made into medicines that were used to cure digestive problems and skin diseases. Its leaves and roots were used for gout and the berries were used for treating skin rashes, sun burn, discoloration of teeth and digestive disorders. In provincial France, strawberries were regarded as an aphrodisiac of the highest quality. Newlyweds were served a soup of thinned sour cream, strawberries, borage (a European herb that tastes a little like cucumber) and powdered sugar.

During the medieval period, strawberries were considered a symbol of prosperity and richness, peace and perfection in society.

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