Pumpkin Diet Drink ~1885

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The physiology of taste; Harder’s book of practical American cookery. 1885 Pumpkin Diet Drink Recipe

I kid you not. A diet drink of pumpkin seeds from 1885.

Let’s unpack this:

  1. Dried pumpkin seeds
  2. Boiled water
  3. Used for strangury and kindred complaints

Strangury is kidney or bladder stones – ouch! Check out the full description of Strangury here.

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  1. My pleasure! Every once in a while you run across some real gems. What I love is that we have the internet to cross reference what’s in some of these tomes – otherwise there would be no way to interpret them. The language is by and large accessible, but sometimes the references are so obscure.


  2. I’d go for the parsley version, though I think the pain of kidney stones would make it impossible for me to stand up, let alone hold a knife to chop it.

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