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These numbers are quite impressive and are very far from what we see in distilleries today.

Abel Bresson - June 1896

Stock of herbs:
- Grande wormwood: 35 000 kg (77 162 lbs)
- Petite wormwood: 1 440 kg (3 175 lbs)
- Anise from Russia: 78 000 kg (171 960 lbs)
- Anise from Spain: 1 700 kg (3 748 lbs)
- Fennel: 2 620 kg (5 776 lbs)
- Liquorice: 400 kg (882 lbs)
- Hyssop: 7 000 kg (15 432 lbs)
- Saffron: 1 kg (2.2 lbs)

- Bleu d'écailles: 750 gr (1.65 lb)
- Colorant for absinthe: 1050 kg (2 315 lbs)

Stock of absinthe:
- Absinthe 72%: 119 700 liters
- Absinthe 60%: 65 300 liters
It may or may not occur to someone to wonder, WTF is "Bleu d'écailles".
Someone wondered yesterday, at the French forum.
It's for sure a blue dye, probably organic, maybe from Murex.

Here is the rest of the story, which devolved into my adventure a couple of days ago with calas (rice dumplings - a famous New Orleans treat, now sadly seldom found, and if found, not made correctly), which I made with great success, after finding an old New Orleans cookbook online, and ate without remorse. Ate the last one this morning, in fact.;#entry72687
Note the menu from a New Orleans Press Club gathering in 1898. Absinthe is the first thing on the list, calas is mentioned right afterward.
It's good to see that tuxedos were not required - "Come in raggedy clothes, it's better than naked"!
There's a song about frogs at the front of the book. I asked for help translating the first line. Any suggestions appreciated.
QUOTE(Marc @ Jan 30 2015, 10:15 AM) *

These numbers are quite impressive

imagine a full 53' trailer of an 18 wheeler loaded about 3 ft high, would be about 45,000 lbs just to give you a visual.
Amounts like that could sure keep a few farmers in business.
I'd be surprised if there was more than 100 pounds of Pontica grown, let alone used in the US, can't speculate about Europe.
Wow, that means I produced 2% of the pontica in the U.S. last year! I don't really think so, but maybe.
Well, you did help supply a great part of the market.
QUOTE(Kirk @ Feb 1 2015, 04:15 PM) *
I'd be surprised if there was more than 100 pounds of Pontica grown, let alone used in the US, can't speculate about Europe.

Not much Genepi even over there, I guess. Requirements (altitude, soil, exposure) are fairly severe.
Really? Because the genepi I grew last year was more vigorous than the pontica. Or maybe my genepi isn't really genepi.
Like Kirk, I don't know what the situation is in Europe. It's my understanding that mountain artemisias (genepi) grow on sandy soil, at altitudes higher than a thousand meters, on slopes facing a certain direction (probably south, but I don't remember for sure). It could be that you didn't really have genepi, and it could be that you got lucky. I can't see an agriculture devoted to genepi that relies on luck; it seems to me that the farmers would have to duplicate the conditions under which it prospers in the wild. I also don't know how much of it is gathered in the wild as opposed to grown, but again, my guess is not much because there isn't much of it to begin with. It's a protected species and it's not legal to just walk around and take as much as you want.
France and environs runs out of Genepi early every year, and a pre-order of 100 kilos is not allowed from what I have found, two years ago most farmers switched to Mutilina, a more forgiving and versatile plant that produces a greater yield and since then the supply is greater but still small.
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