Take young carrots cut into stars, small cucumbers, peeled young lettuce stalks, cauliflower and its young stalks, also peeled, finely sliced young Indian corn,* the pods of turnip seeds, and nasturtium seeds. All these must be very young. Add small, unripe muskmelons, watermelons, green plums, small saffron milk-cap mushrooms, asparagus, peeled purslane stalks, small peeled onions, young sugar pea pods, and green beans. Wipe off everything thoroughly with a napkin. For
*Maize or Indian corn is a New World plant that was first domesticated by the Mexicans and was brought to Spain by Columbus in the late fifteenth century. During the next century, the plant gradually spread around the world, but mainly took hold in warm climates around the Mediterranean, especially Italy. By the late seventeenth century, corn meal had become a staple in Rumania and Moldavia, where it displaced wheat as the basic component in the national dish, mamal’ga, which resembles polenta. The use of corn spread less rapidly in Russia, however, no doubt in part because of the climate. As late as 1847, the Tsarist government authorized the distribution of free seed to encourage its cultivation in Russia. Since ground corn meal obviously keeps somewhat better and is easier to transport than fresh cobs, it is understandable why
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