Believed to have originated at Woburn Abbey (at one time called Warden Abbey) in Bedfordshire, first grown by Cistercian monks in the 12th century. Three warden pies appear in the arms of Woburn Abbey. Perhaps, though, as in the opinion of some, the word is the Anglo Saxon 'wearden', meaning 'to keep' (Genders. 1971). The pies were a local delicacy, sold on the feast of SS Simon and Jude (28 October), when the cry was:
Who knows what I have got? In a pot hot?
Baked wardens . all are hot. Who knows what I have got?
Warden pies were coloured with SAFFRON in Shakespeare's time, in the same way as pears are coloured with cochineal now.
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