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JORDAN ALMONDS.

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JORDAN ALMONDS. Baters of almonds and raisins who may have wondered whether the Jordan almonds they were munching came from the Holy Land will be interested (observes the Academy) in the following bit from Mr. H, B. Wheatley's Preface te Mr. Herrtage's edition of the Catholicon for the Harly-English Text Society "When Mr. Alderman Hanson, F.S.A., was in- vestigating the history of various fruits, he was some- what puzzled by the term Jordan almonds' applied to the best kind of sweet almonds, and he set to work to look up the authorities. He found a definite statement in Phillips New World of Words' (sixth edition by Kersley, 1766), to the effect that the tiee grows chiefly in the Eastern countries, especially in the Holy Land near the river Jordan, whence the best of this fruit are called Jordan almonds." The same statement is made in Bailey's Dictionary in 1757 (the botanical portion of which was edited by no less a person than Philip Miller), and in many other books. In J. Smith's 'Bible Plants' (1877) we read, The best so-called Jordan almonds eome from Malaga, and none now come from the country of the Jordan.' The auther might very well have added that they neVer did come from that place. The merchants of Malaga, who ex- port the almonds, are equally at sea as to the derivation. One of them told Mr. Hanson that the Jeneral opinion was that a certain Frenehman, called ourdain, early in this century introduced an improved method of cultivation. This suggestion was easily negatived by reference to the fact that Jordan almonds were mentioned in printed books at least as far back as 1607. At last Mr. Hanson found his clue in the Promptorium,' where we read. lardyne almaunde, em,igdalan jardinum.' The difficulty was overcome, and the Jordan almond stood revealed as nothing more than a garden or cultivated kind of almond. Academy.

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