bossiestroop, noun

Forms:
Formerly also boschjestroop, bosjestroop.
Origin:
Afrikaans, South African DutchShow more Afrikaans (earlier South African Dutch boschjesstroop), bos bush + -ie + stroop syrup.
The (syrup prepared from the) nectar of the flowers of Protea repens of the Proteaceae, used as a sweetening agent, and (formerly) as a cough medicine; boschsuiker. Also attributive. See also sugarbush.
[1797 Lady A. Barnard S. Afr. Century Ago (1925) 55In the same box you will find..a small specimen of the syrup of the sugar tree; I could not make the box contain a quart, which I was sorry for.]
[1850 Cape Monitor 8 Nov.List Of Prize Prices...Bush Syrup (or Boschjes Syrop, made from the flowers of The Protea Bush) for the finest dozen bottles..£1.10.0.]
1913 C. Pettman Africanderisms 83Bosjestroop,..This syrup, which is used for the relief and cure of coughs, is made by boiling the mixed honey and dew taken in the early morning from the calyx of Protea mellifera.
1927 C.G. Botha Social Life in Cape Col. 101In those parts where the sugarbush or species of protea abounded the sweet watery liquor, which filled the flower during its inflorescence, was collected and prepared by inspissation into a delicious syrup known as ‘Boschjesstroop.’
1955 L.G. Green Karoo 105Sugar was often a luxury on remote farms. Honey was the usual substitute, though some were able to secure bossiestroop, the thin syrup found in certain protea flowers.
1973 M.A. Cook Cape Kitchen 46The Cape waffle was eaten with honey or with bossiestroop (syrup boiled up from the flowers of Protea mellifera, now reclassified as P. repens).
1988 M. Robins in Argus 1 Sept. 17Bottles of wild grape jelly, bossiestroop and wild cucumber preserves perch next to specimens of their plant derivatives.
1988 M. Branch Explore Cape Flora 4The early settlers..discovered that if they placed the flower-heads of the sugarbush protea face down, they could collect buckets full of sweet nectar to use as syrup, known as ‘bossiestroop’.
The (syrup prepared from the) nectar of the flowers of Protea repens of the Proteaceae, used as a sweetening agent, and (formerly) as a cough medicine; boschsuiker. Also attributive.

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