Saturday, October 24, 2009

Barberey

There's a pattern here, with the words ending in -rey (cucumbery and so forth). Of course this word isn't exactly English, but it is from a 1961 food encyclopedia that was translated from the French:

Troyes--This creamy cheese can be eaten from November to May. It Is a soft cheese, resembling Camembert. It is also known as Barberey.

According to the book, Camembert season is October to June.

Twenty-five years later, I am guessing that for some cheeses, seasons are not what they used to be. It's a nice idea, though--a little like waiting for a tide to come in order to reach an island of land.

Ours really isn't the most favorable historical moment for the pleasures of waiting.

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