The Drink of Great Roots
Corotica Senebelenae (Clovis)
(MKA Jennifer Davis, she/her)
This beverage is a recreation of a drink from Kitab al tabikh fi-l-Maghrib wa-l-Andalus fi `asr al-Muwahhidin, li-mu’allif majhul. The title is translated in English as The Book of Cooking in Maghreb and Andalus in the Era of Almohads by an unknown author and is also called An Anonymous Andalusian Cookbook of the 13th Century (An Anonymous Andalusian Cookbook of the 13th Century, n.d.). The Drink of Great Roots is a nonalcoholic medicinal drink to be taken upon arising from sleep and contains 31 different ingredients comprising the leaves, stems, and seeds of 30 herbs, spices, and vegetables, with honey as the 31st ingredient. My goal with this project was to recreate as accurate a beverage as possible, growing many of the ingredients and using the technology of the time, with the translated recipe as my initial source and additional research into the measurements and ingredients that would have been accurate for the time. Where the translation was unclear or words were not translated by Perry, I researched based on archaeological evidence, other written modern and historic sources, and ethnographic comparisons. I also validated translations via two native Arabic speakers. Through my research I discovered connections with this drink to the 5th c. BCE Greek humoral system of medicine, which was adopted by 13th century Arab Muslim physicians. I hope you enjoy reading my paper as much as I enjoyed researching and brewing the drink.
Full Documentation can be viewed at: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1tqLMnA_RCTpyBijCgME70Qlea4MJ-OaX/view?usp=sharing