Medieval Cuisine

When I was in 8th grade, I attended a place called Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament. It was an amazing experience! Upon my recollection of this, it got me thinking about the type of food that was prevalent during the Middle Ages. Since food is a huge part of culture, I did some research on this in order to get more of a understanding of Medieval life as a whole. On the British Library website, I discovered that the food people ate during the Middle Ages was largely influenced by their class. For example,  Aristocrats ate river fish, freshly killed meat, and of course fruits and vegetables. Their food had a lot of flavor due to their use of spices (ginger, pepper, cinnamon, etc). People in a lower class ate food that was preserved (bacon, pickled herring) and they typically kept pigs to eat because they were able to take care of themselves.

However, the rich and poor both ate pottage. This dish is a thick soup that contained either bran, vegetables, or meat. Morthew was described as a fancy pottage, and frumenty contained cereal. Every class ate bread and many people during the Middle Ages used it as a plate.

Link: http://www.bl.uk/learning/langlit/booksforcooks/med/medievalfood.html

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