Top view of Blackcurrant Preserve labelled "Black Bile"
Blackcurrant preserve being scooped out of a jar labelled "black bile"
Blackcurrant preserve being spread on a slice of bread
An open jar of blackcurrant preserve labelled "black bile" sitting on its side
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Dr Arnott's Black Bile Jar

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No 17th century physician's medical desk could be complete without some apothecary jars filled with strange and pungent ingredients. In the time of Dr Arnott, a real physician who once lived on Mary King's Close, it was essential to analyse and sample patients' internal fluids in order to concoct them an effective cure. 

According to humoralism, four bodily fluids - blood, yellow bile, black bile, and phlegm (or mucous) - determined a person's temperament and an imbalance led to certain illnesses. Fortunately, our Black Bile tastes rather more like Blackcurrant Preserve!

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Weight: 114g

Ingredients:  Sugar, Blackcurrants, Gelling Agent: Pectin. 
Prepared with 45g of fruit per 100g. Total Sugar Content: 60g per 100g.
Dietary and Allergy Advice:  May also contain nuts.
 
Store in cool, dry conditions, out of direct sunlight. 
Refrigerate after opening.
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Nutritional Information. Typical Values per 100g:
Energy kJ/kcal: 976kJ/244kcal
Fat: 0.1g
- of which saturates: 0g
Carbohydrate: 60g
- of which sugars: 60g
Protein: 0.4g
Salt: 0.01g