The competition of Mabon marks the time of the second harvest, when apples have ripened on the timber, squashes are ripe on the ground, and ideas turn to making ready for Winter in earnest. So long as the packaging is unbroken and there’s no extra air, a food product during which nothing has grown in 5 years should not spawn life through the subsequent 5 years It’s always attainable that some spore could be in there that takes over 5 years to activate, however I feel that’s unlikely.

However I have made it my vocation over a long lifetime to amass a working assortment, which now consists of hundreds of objects from the fifteenth to the early twentieth century – enabling me to gain a much richer perception into this subject than I’d get by just sitting within the British Library studying old recipes.