Professor of sour cabbage soup - what does pineapple cabbage have to do with it?

A familiar phrase, isn't it? This is often ironically called an illiterate person who takes it into his head to talk about things that he does not understand well. Perhaps you understand sour cabbage soup, but serious things are not available to you. However, is it such a simple thing - sour cabbage soup? It would seem that everything is business-like - to boil sauerkraut in water ...

It turns out that it is by no means simple, if we remember that in the old days sour cabbage soup was not called at all a soup made from sauerkraut, but a traditional Russian bread drink like kvass.

Due to its extraordinary effervescence, the drink was poured into bottles of extra thick glass, like champagne.

This is how Nikolai Vasilyevich Gogol concludes his description of Chichikov's first day in the provincial town of NN:

"The day, it seems, was concluded with a portion of cold veal, a bottle of sour cabbage soup and sound sleep in the whole pumping wrap, as they say in other parts of the vast Russian state."

Bunin's story "Village", published in 1910, can be read as one of its heroes

"I began ... to drink tea, raw water, sour cabbage soup - and still could not quench my thirst."

In Pushkin's story "Arap of Peter the Great" we read:

“Who is to blame? - said Gavrila Afanasyevich, drinking a mug of sour cabbage soup. "

It was the effervescence that made sour cabbage soup super popular among the people. At the end of the 18th century, one contemporary, for example, wrote that Russian merchants prefer sour cabbage soup to any other drink and prove that it is the best medicine for any ailment. With the development of trade, sour cabbage soup began to be widely sold in places of entertainment. This is where the expression "professor of sour cabbage soup" came from. a master of leisurely conversations over a glass of drink, or simply balabol.

And a few more words about sour cabbage soup. Strange as it may seem, but such a historical fact is reliably known: during the time of Catherine II, Russian nobles were grown in the greenhouses ... anansa. Brought from distant warm countries, these fruits took root in Russia - it was fashionable to grow pineapples among the nobility of that time, and soon they were used.

Greenhouse pineapples, intended for cabbage soup, were marinated in barrels, and then prepared from them an effervescent drink "with seven malts", something like cider. It must have been tasty, wherever there is Coca-Cola ...