Moulins à blé noir des paysans Bretons.: No. 14.

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    English titleBreton Farmers’ Buckwheat Mills
    Authors & editors

    Gaucheron, Andre [Author]

    Publisher Federation Française des Amis des Moulins
    Year of publication 1996

    French (main text)

    Medium Book


    Scope & contentSummary TranslationA journal on the study of two types of buckwheat mills in Breton. Shows two distinctive types: the Charmante (charming) and petit moulin à blé noir (the little buckwheat mill). The Charmante is the simpler of the two as well as the easiest to construct. Information is given on their construction and the differences between the two types.Includes images of buckwheat mills- the different types and all the parts that make up the mechanisms. Also shows images of quern stones. Gives information on the buckwheat plant; how it is harvested and where it can grow. Explains that while many people think that buckwheat is a cereal grain, it is actually a fruit seed that is related to rhubarb and sorrel, making it a suitable substitute for grains for people sensitive to wheat, or other grains, containing protein glutens.Buckwheat flowers are very fragrant and are attractive to bees, who use them to produce a special, dark and strongly flavoured honey. Also gives information on key millers of the time such as Roger Hamon, who was involved in military service for a year, became a miller. Includes tables giving information on the different model type samples ranging from models from Bretagne, and Normandy. Also gives a table giving information on the dimensions of the “Charmante” type of buckwheat mill, and a list of publications.

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    • Donor: Ken Major Collection