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The impracitcality of a cheeseburger.?

I have run across a curious essay, claiming that a cheeseburger was so impractical, more than a century ago, that nobody would have though of it: lettuce is a cool-weather crop, tomatoes a summer crop, meat an autumn product. (He does not say impossible; "a time-traveller with an unlimited budget could have had one.")

There is severe dissent in the comments; I'm not sure myself. It Aside from the obvious, that cheese and tomatoes would not be found in the same place before 1492, I'm not sure the argument holds. (and I don't have tomato on cheeseburgers.) It may be useful to distinguish betw\een the Renaissance and the eighteenth century.  But my friends know more about medieval food than I do.


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pickledginger
Sep. 6th, 2012 01:39 am (UTC)
It takes a little babying, and frequent harvesting, but I have nursed spring lettuces well into summer -- usually as interplantings with my tomatoes. Certainly lettuces would be cheaper in spring or autumn, when they are less likely to bolt, but summer needn't extinguish them entirely.
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