Of Legumine. cap. 65.
LEgumina, Codware yt serueth to po∣tage, hath this name Legumina of Legendo, choosing, as it were chose. For men in old time chose the best codware, & made them meat therof: and graines that be some deale more, & greater & thicker then graines of Wheale or Baily, be properly called Legumina, & be not gen∣dered in hulls, as wheat, but in code: and be closed therin, as it fareth in pesen, fet∣ches, & beans. And Legumina, codware, is diuers in quantitie, in colour, in figure, shape, and sauour. For among such Cod∣ware, Lupines & beanes be greatest, and pesen & fetches be meane, filles & vaches be smallest in quantity: and be diuerse in coulour. For some be white, and some blacke, and some red, and some meddeled with diuers coulours. In shape they bée diuers, for some be round, and some bée euenlong, & some thrée cornered, & some plaine. In sauour they differ, for some bée sowre and hard, and made soft, and good to eating and séething. And some bée bitter of themselues, as Lupines, and bée made swéet and sauoury, with good wa∣tring.
And Codware shall be gathered when they begin to ripe. For they will fall soone out of the coddes, and be not well séene when they be shed: as it •areth of Lupines, as Plinius sayth, libro. 18. And such codware is in substance, thicke, fast, colde, and drye, and harde to defie, and Page 302 is hard to séething, for fast and hard sub∣staunce, and may not well be sod in pitte water: but to seeth such Codware well, needeth running water of a well or of a streame Oft of Codware boystōus meat is made, which accordeth to strong men of complection and of kinde: for Cod∣ware of it selfe, is hard to digest, and nourisheth much, and comforteth when it is digested: but it bréedeth swelling and ventositie, but the ventositie is aba∣ted thereof by medling of things that de∣stroy ventositie, as Comin and Anete, & other such, as Dioscorides saith and affir∣meth.
(*Codware bréedeth swelling, and is to be vsed of them that can kéepe good dyet, for beanes and pease of all sortes, doe breede winde, &c.)