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Eringoes, i.e. comfits (sea holly)

Walnetto | Oct 3, 200309:44 PM

I give tours at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden in New York and one of my favorite places there is the Shakespeare Garden where they grow Eryngium or Sea Holly. I am told that "eringoes" (mentioned by Falstaff in the Merry Wives) were once a favorite candy. Also called "comfits," they were made from the roots of the sea holly, which have a gummy quality, by rolling them in sugar and orange water. They were made in Colchester up until the 1860's.

My question: does anyone make these today? If so, where can I get some? I would love to taste one and visitors to BBG would enjoy seeing a box or bag of these candies.

I am posting this on the International board in the hopes that someone in Britain would have the answer.

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