Cucummern

Cucumber Salad

Source: Ein New Kochbuch by Marx Rumpolt, a 16th century collection of German recipes

Cucummern

Original Recipes:

Schel die Murcken/ vnd schneidt sie breit vnnd duͤnn/ mach sie an mit Oel/ Pfeffer vnd Saltz. Seind sie aber eyngesaltzen/ so seind sie auch nit boͤß/ seind besser als roh/ deñ man kans eynsaltzen mit Fenchel vñ mit Kuͤmmel/ daß man sie vber ein Jar kan behalten. Vnnd am Rheinstrom nennet man es Cucummern.

Translation: (Translated by M. Grasse)

Peel the Cucumbers/ and cut them broad and thin/ season them with oil/ pepper and salt. But if they are salt-preserved/ they are also not bad/ are better than raw/ because one can salt it with Fennel and with caraway/ that both can be kept over one year. And near the Rhine-stream one calls it Cucummern.

My Interpretation:

1 pound cucumber
2 Tbs.p Olive Oil
¼ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. Ground black pepper

Peel and slice cucmbers. Toss with remaining ingredients.

Notes:

  • This recipe also includes inference on how to pickle (salt-preserve) cucumbers.

References:

Rumpolt, Marx. "Ein new Kochbuch", Transliteration by Thomas Gloning, http://www.uni-giessen.de/gloning/kobu.htm

Rumpolt Marx Ein New Kochbuch [Online] // Ein New Kochbuch / ed. Grasse M.. - 2002. - February 5, 2009. - http://clem.mscd.edu/~grasse/GK_Rumpolt1.htm. - This is a translation of the book first published in 1581 by Marx Rumpolt. It has nearly 1000 recipes.

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