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Japanese food history

By |2017-07-27T11:45:32+00:00July 27th, 2017|Food, Japan|

Japanese sushi The very earliest people who lived in Japan, starting about 40,000 years ago, lived mainly on fish caught from the sea, though they sometimes hunted local deer or other animals for their meat and they collected plenty of nuts and pears, too, and ate lots of seaweed with their fish. They picked sudachi fruit (like limes) and squeezed [...]

Mullah Nasruddin – Islamic Stories

By |2018-04-23T15:30:20+00:00July 25th, 2017|Islam, Literature|

Grapes on a Seljuk period plate Nasruddin lived in the time of the Seljuk Sultans. One day Nasruddin was coming from the vineyard with baskets of grapes on his donkey. The children crowded around Nasruddin. "Give us some grapes!" they cried. "Let us taste them!" Nasruddin picked up a bunch of grapes and pulled one grape - [...]

Who is Dionysos? Ancient Greek gods

By |2018-04-23T08:41:51+00:00July 12th, 2017|Greeks, Religion|

Dionysos is the god of wine and grapes For the Greeks, Dionysos was a fertility god like Demeter. But while Demeter was the goddess of dry things growing, like grain, Dionysos was the god of wet things growing. That meant fruit of all kinds, but especially grapes (and the wine that people made [...]

Wine-making and wine presses – History

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

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 [...]

History of wine and grapes – West Asia

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

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. [...]