Syrup of Lavender (Halhâl)

Many recipes will include helpful advice on what sort of effects the food will have on the body. A very popular understanding of well being attributed to Hippocrates was that of the four humours: blood, yellow bile, black bile, and phlegm, which were to remain in balance in a healthy individual. Though we can not earnestly endorse such effects as these recipes claim, they do taste good.


1 ratl of Lavender 1 ratl of Honey


Take a ratl of lavender and cook it in water to cover until its substance comes out. Then take the clear part of it and add it to a ratl of honey and cook all this until it takes the form of a syrup.


Drink an ûqiya and a half of this with three of hot water. Its advantages are in cleaning the brain and the stomach; it lightens the body and dries up black bile gently, but it contracts the breath, and it is fitting to regulate the drink with the cheering drink or water of mufarrih (cheering).


Source: An Anonymous Andalusian Cookbook of the 13th Century
Translated by Charles Perry

Measurement Equivalencies:

1 Ratl = 406.25g-468.75g inreasingly heavy over time. Roughly an imperial pound.
1 ûqiya=39g/7tsp


Marcinkowski, Measures, 47