Kedrouvie Nut

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Oxford Companion to Food

Oxford Companion to Food

By Alan Davidson

Published 2014

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kedrouvie nut an intriguing mystery. The only reference found is in Emerson (1908), but it is sufficiently intriguing to deserve quotation:

There is one custom in certain parts of Siberia that I fear will not find many advocates, especially among the young ladies of America. At their risgovorki, or social gatherings, the young ladies that attend are, of course, expected to come attired in their finest clothes and dresses, but instead of participating in any of the conversations it is expected of them that they sit along the side of the room for the purpose of ornament and show. There is, however, one palliating feature for the young ladies about these gatherings, and that is that they are given plenty of kedrouvie nuts, in order to keep their mouths busy. These nuts have a very fine flavour and are considered a great luxury, but they have one drawback, which consists of an innumerable number of small figlike seeds, which are thought to be unhealthy and consequently are not swallowed. Therefore, in order to eat the kedrouvie nut, strict attention must, of necessity, be paid to the business of the moment.