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Pennsylvania Dutch Cooking from AlansKitchen.comPennsylvanian Dutch farms are among the finest in the world. You can see the rolling fields and the century old farmhouses, built of native stone. In the local farmer markets, these families tend their stalls and proudly sell their products.

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Around the house, the frau (wife) tends the kitchen garden. Here they grow their radishes, onions, carrots, greens, and herbs for the household. Not forgotten are the berry bushes and strawberry patch. And nearby, you will find the flower garden.

Away from the homes are the farm fields. Here they grow the potatoes, corn, squash, cabbage, and the other produce they will sell.

However, no matter all the scientific farming methods, the Pennsylvania German farm has their long held folklore:

  • Plant lettuce in the dark of the moon
  • Plant beans when the horns of the moon turn upward
  • Plant cabbage on Good Friday
  • Plant cucumbers on the year's longest day
  • When you plant radishes, say "as long as my arm and as thick as my leg."
  • Never transplant parsley - it is bad luck
  • Begin sowing on Friday and end it on Friday
  • Spread ashes on Ash Wednesday
  • Anything planted in the name of God will grow

Ah, but when you eat your vegetables:

  • Sauerkraut and bacon will drive all cares away
  • Be sure to eat dandelions or greens on Maundy Thursday
  • Raise your cucumbers carefully but if you make salad of them - throw it in the swill barrel.

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Pennsylvania Dutch Did You Know?
The origin of the word 'Dutch' is a "folk-rendering" of the Pennsylvania Dutch's own self-designation Deitsch. There is also some speculation among scholars that "Dutch" is actually an archaic term that was used to refer to all people of Germanic descent, and that is the term that stuck in the English-speaking community. It corresponds to German Deutsch and the Netherlands' "Diets," meaning 'of the common people' as opposed to the learned lords and clerics who had mastered Latin.


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