sábado, 16 de junio de 2018

Terapias de los sentidos: Mazapan (Marzipan)


By Anneli Reigas, in Tallinn for AFP 

  "Since the Middle Ages a special marzipan prescription has been prepared and sold here for the heart to relieve the pain of love," said Ulle Noodapera, a pharmacist at the Raeapteek drug store which first opened for business in Tallinn's old town square in 1422.

It is believed to be Europe's oldest pharmacy, and has been in operation for 588 years.

"We keep making the special marzipan because the need for such a medicine has continued over the centuries, and patients with symptoms of love pain keep turning up seeking the cure," she added.

The ancient recipe is a jealously guarded secret.

"It's not ordinary marzipan, but one made using a medieval prescription containing 72 per cent almonds and 28 per cent other ingredients that we will not disclose," Noodapera said.

One dose of the wonder drug weighs 40 grams (1.4 ounces) and costs just one euro (86p).

Stepping into Tallinn's ancient drug store feels like a journey in a time-machine.

Along with the cure for broken hearts, a room in the store displays many other medieval potions used for centuries for their supposedly miraculous impact. 


From this year Raeapteek offers marzipan workshop where everybody can try out our famous recipe from 15th century. We start from the very beginning weighing the primary goods and work with them until the texture of the marzipan is similar to the one we sell in the Raeapteek. Everybody can decorate their ow marzipan adding chocolate or nuts or almonds. Making marzipan is hard work but it is still suitable even for our youngest friends.

72% almonds 

A good cure for alleviating the ache of love and promoting brain activity. 
Reval marzipan was one of the most well-known marzipans of Northern Europe during the time of Hanseatic League, and it was first sold in Raeapteek.

Tallinn’s apotheke / Raeapteek: One of the oldest pharmacies in Europe

72% almonds, black pepper, spice, coriander, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, rosemary.

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