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23 07, 2017

Medieval Islamic food

By |2017-07-23T17:01:31-07:00July 23rd, 2017|Food, Islam|1 Comment

Orange tree Around the Mediterranean, people continued in the Islamic period to rely on the three main foods from antiquity. Those were wheat (mostly bread), olive oil, and wine. Though technically Islam did not let you drink alcohol, still a lot of people did drink wine. People who didn't drink wine started to drink more tea. The Sogdians brought tea to the Islamic [...]

6 07, 2017

Wine in ancient Greece

By |2018-04-22T22:30:17-07:00July 6th, 2017|Food, Greeks|2 Comments

Greek wine drinkers playing the kottabos game (Tomb of the Diver, Paestum, ca. 470 BC) Wine as food and medicine Greek people grew wine both to drink themselves and to sell to other people, from the Bronze Age right through the Hellenistic and Roman periods. Most Greek people, including many children, drank wine [...]

27 06, 2017

Northern European food history

By |2018-04-21T13:19:15-07:00June 27th, 2017|Food, Northern Europe|0 Comments

Northern Europeans ate a lot of ham Food is one of the most important ways that people can show what group they belong to: we eat this kind of food, and our enemies, those people over there, they eat some other weird kind of food that we wouldn't touch with a ten foot [...]

23 06, 2017

Wine-making and wine presses – History

By |2018-04-20T00:22:01-07:00June 23rd, 2017|Food, West Asia|0 Comments

Roman slaves treading grapes Wine-making started out pretty simple: you picked the grapes and put them in a big concrete box, and then barefooted people - usually enslaved people - got into the box and stepped on the grapes over and over until they were all crushed and their juice ran out of [...]

23 06, 2017

History of wine and grapes – West Asia

By |2018-04-20T00:21:41-07:00June 23rd, 2017|Food, West Asia|0 Comments

History of wine: White grapes on the vine Grapes grow abundantly and reliably in the West Asian climate, and taste good, and even gatherers ate wild grapes (which are smaller than domesticated grapes). But the best thing about grapes has always been that you can ferment them into wine. This has several advantages. [...]

23 06, 2017

Where do tomatoes come from? South America

By |2018-04-20T00:18:42-07:00June 23rd, 2017|Food, South America|0 Comments

History of tomatoes: Wild tomatoes Wild tomatoes in the Andes The earliest tomatoes were little sour berries. They grew on low bushes in dry, sunny places in the Andes mountains in South America, beginning about 350 million years ago. Tomato plants are related to nightshade, which is poisonous. So the leaves and stems [...]

23 06, 2017

History of Tea – Ancient China

By |2018-04-20T00:09:43-07:00June 23rd, 2017|China, Food|0 Comments

Harvesting tea in China Wild tea bushes grew in southern China, where people first began in the Stone Age to make tea by drying tea leaves and then steeping them in hot water. By about 2000 BC, even before they were farming wheat, people in southern China were growing tea bushes on farms. [...]

23 06, 2017

Where are sweet potatoes from? Central America

By |2018-04-19T15:42:19-07:00June 23rd, 2017|Central America, Food|0 Comments

Sweet potatoes People in both North America and South America ate lots of sweet potatoes. That's because sweet potatoes are very good for you. They have lots of calcium, potassium, Vitamin A, and Vitamin C, and your body needs all of those things. Plus, sweet potatoes taste good. They are very sweet, which [...]

23 06, 2017

Where do sunflowers come from? North America

By |2018-06-01T10:58:55-07:00June 23rd, 2017|Food, Native American|0 Comments

Wild sunflowers or Black-Eyed Susan flowers Where do sunflowers grow wild? Sunflowers grew wild all over North America. From the Paleo-Indian time on, many different groups of people picked sunflowers and ate the little seeds. Where do sunflower seeds come from? Sunflower seeds grow in the middle of the flower, packed tightly together. They are [...]