John returns to his scatological ways again this month and while he likes spinach he does not welcome it in a salad.
Of old and not used in sallets, and the oftner kept out the better. But boiled to a pulp is a most excellent condiment butter, vinegar or limon. Tis laxative and emollient and therefore profitable for the aged.
Expect The Veg Men to be delivering to a nursing home near you very soon.
John was a big fan and melons are a good news story with no caveats at all (and apparently one of the few things he does not associate with the creation or the easing of wind!), he says of them:
Transcendent delicacy and flavour, cooling and exhilarating nature, not only superior to all the gourd kind but paragon with the noblest productions of the garden.
Just as well we are growing some this summer then...
Whilst we absolutely forbid it entrance our Sallet-ing by reason of its intolerable Rankness and by which made it so detested of old that the eating of it was part of the Punishment for such as has committed the horrid’st Crimes. To be sure ‘tis not for Ladies Palats, nor those who court them.
John's feelings here are so strong one can only imagine he was the victim of a garlic related trauma. On close inspection of the text, it appears very clear that he suffered a tragic 17th century dating disaster and was desperately trying to prevent the same happening to anyone else.
Yet another classic example of how an extra strong mint could have changed history.