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(1815) Author: Matthew Consett - Tema: Sápmi and the Sami
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in the art of physic.”[1] The ant used
upon these occasions is a remarkably large
black insect, commonly found in small
round hills at the bottom of the fir-tree.
It is less to be wondered that they should
use these insects in their distilleries, than that
they should eat them and consider them as
highly palatable and pleasant. As I was
walking with a young gentleman in a wood
near Gottenburg, I observed him sit down
upon one of these living hills, (which from
the nature of its inhabitants I should rather
have avoided) and begin with some degree
of keenness to devour these insects, first
nipping off their heads and wings. The
flavour he declared was of the finest acid,
rather resembling that of a lemon. My
young friend intreated me much to follow
his example, but I could not overcome the
antipathy which I felt to such a kind of
food.


[1] See Cyclopædia. Word, ant.

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