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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 [...]

Stone Age in northern Europe

By |2017-06-27T01:54:16+00:00June 27th, 2017|History, Northern Europe|

Danube river The first modern humans, the Cro-Magnons, probably walked into Northern Europe from Central Asia around 45,000 years ago. Some followed the fish along the Mediterranean coastline to Greece, then Italy, then southern France and Spain. Others followed fish northward along the Danube and Volga rivers into northern Europe and the Baltic. [...]

What was Egypt like in the Stone Age?

By |2018-05-08T15:37:30+00:00June 17th, 2017|Africa, Egypt, History|

Hunting birds in ancient Egypt During most of the Stone Age, people in Egypt, like people everywhere else in the world, lived by hunting and gathering their food. They traveled around from place to place in the Nile Valley, harvesting wild grasses and digging up roots. People picked berries, and found bird eggs. They [...]

History of pigs, pork, and bacon

By |2018-04-09T23:27:52+00:00June 12th, 2017|Economy, Food|

History of pigs: A wild boar Where do pigs come from? The first pigs evolved in Southeast Asia from earlier, smaller mammals, about two million years ago, and spread out from there all over Eurasia and Africa. Wild pigs live in forests, especially where there are oak trees that make acorns, because pigs [...]

Make your own bacon – A history project

By |2017-06-12T11:36:24+00:00June 12th, 2017|Crafts, Food|

You can easily make your own bacon at home, and it will be much better than store bacon (but not cheaper). Go to the butcher at the grocery store and ask for a pound of pork belly; if you can't get pork belly buy what they call "country boneless ribs", which is actually pork shoulder [...]