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There's plenty of mythology about this. There is no doubt that the cloved lemon was made up (in 1974, some say [[http://www.florilegium.org/files/ENTERTAINMENT/cloved-fruit-msg.html]]), but it strikes a resonance because it bears ''some'' simularity to a few period items and practises, just enough that people keep trying to search for the period origins of this practise.
 
There's plenty of mythology about this. There is no doubt that the cloved lemon was made up (in 1974, some say [[http://www.florilegium.org/files/ENTERTAINMENT/cloved-fruit-msg.html]]), but it strikes a resonance because it bears ''some'' simularity to a few period items and practises, just enough that people keep trying to search for the period origins of this practise.
 
Related practises:
 
Related practises:
*Citrus may have been covered in spices to serve as a [[pommander]]
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*Citrus may have been covered in spices to serve as a [[pomander]]
*Citrus fruit were expensive gifts in the 12th to 14th century, as they were not native to europe, rather luxuries brought back by crusaders
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*Citrus fruit were expensive gifts in the [[12th century|12th]] to [[14th century]], as they were not native to Europe, rather luxuries brought back by [[Crusaders]]
*cloves ''may'' have been used to sweeten the breath in medeival times (proof needed)
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*cloves ''may'' have been used to sweeten the breath in medieval times (proof needed)
*kissing games did occur in medival times
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*kissing games did occur in medieval times.

Revision as of 22:35, 20 October 2003

Cloved lemons are often handed around at feasts or camping events. Love it or hate it, it's a tradition that is engrained in SCA culture. Here's what happens:

Someone approaches you with a cloved lemon. You can do one of two things.

  1. Take the cloved lemon.
  2. Politely refuse the cloved lemon.

If you choose option 1, you take a clove out of the fruit with your teeth (don't bite too hard into the clove. It'll taste revolting, and it'll make your whole mouth go numb ;) The clove is supposed to freshen your breath. You then indicate to the person who gave you the fruit where to kiss you - often the hand, cheek or lips, it depends on your comfort level with the person who gave it to you. You then find another victim - oops! person to pass it on to.

If you choose option 2, and there is NO shame at all in doing this. It is not impolite to refuse a cloved lemon, and your decision is respected (and often understandable). There is, of course, the other option - whenever you hear mention of a cloved lemon being passed around, to just avoid it like Plague (see: Black Death) and go outside for a cigarette.

Why do we use cloved lemons?
In period, you never wandered up to a stranger and introduced yourself. You were always introduced by a third party. This is a little too rigid for our modern society. Instead, we have taken the third party and made it a lemon.

How did this get made up? There's plenty of mythology about this. There is no doubt that the cloved lemon was made up (in 1974, some say [[1]]), but it strikes a resonance because it bears some simularity to a few period items and practises, just enough that people keep trying to search for the period origins of this practise. Related practises:

  • Citrus may have been covered in spices to serve as a pomander
  • Citrus fruit were expensive gifts in the 12th to 14th century, as they were not native to Europe, rather luxuries brought back by Crusaders
  • cloves may have been used to sweeten the breath in medieval times (proof needed)
  • kissing games did occur in medieval times.