Eating, the noblest of human activities . From emperors to beggars, the enjoyment of food has always been an integral part of our lives. Despite their problems, our ancestors managed to find a way to turn even the most humble of foods into delicious and succulent stews.
Here are 10 of the most interesting old foods:
The maccu is an ancient Roman dish made mainly of shredded beans originating from the island of Sicily .
As for the preparation, the beans are boiled with herbs and spices. Later, olive oil was added to the mixture, and it was eaten as a soup. The leftovers could be drained, allowed to harden and then eaten as a snack (sometimes cut, floured and fried before being eaten again).
Interestingly, beans can cause illness and even death in some people who lack food. the enzyme glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase . Those who do not have this enzyme can not process the toxins that contain the beans, so their red blood cells are destroyed when they ingest them.
Moretum was a kind of cheese that Roman peasants anointed on any bread. The great poet Virgil, known for the famous Eneida epic, compiled a collection of poems called Appendix Vergiliana .
One of the poems talks about this dish, which is referred to as "Moretum". In the poem, a peasant collected ingredients from his land (garlic, herbs and butter) and then prepared the food, all while talking and singing to his slave.
There was also a very popular variant to which pine nuts were added, resulting in something quite similar to modern pesto
dessert prepared from fermented milk owes its name to the Sanskrit word used for " milk " (ksheer) and the Persian word for " sweet " (qand), shrikhand. Although its exact origin is unknown, the most widespread belief points to it appearing in ancient western India.
Today, shrikhand is served as a breakfast dish in northern India. In the south, they have maintained their tradition as a dessert. As for the creation process, the milk is heated, then it is left to cool to room temperature and finally a fermentation is added that helps to create a curd. The resulting curd is filtered to remove the whey and then mixed with the desired dressings.
The tamales have been cooked since at least 1,500 a. C., although some evidence even suggests that may be up to 10,000 years old .
The dish is of Mesoamerican origin, and its own name derives from the Nahuatl word used to refer to " ] wrapped food "(tamalii).
It is believed that the Mayans prepared these cornmeal delicacies alone or stuffed with fish, beans or eggs. The Aztec tamales were quite similar, although these also had sweet tamales filled with fruit or honey.
5- 'Black soup'
The "black soup" (melas zomos) was a traditional soup or broth consumed by the soldiers of the army of Ancient Greece. The dish was made from blood, pork and vinegar . The truth is that it was a rather hated dish used basically to provide sustenance during the war, although it is said that the Spartans even enjoyed it .
Supposedly, an Italian who tried it said that if the soup Black was all they had to eat, he already knew why the Spartans were so willing to give their lives in battle. Unfortunately, or maybe not, there is no specific recipe that lasts until today.
Acquacotta is another dish of humble origin from the west coast of Italy, more specifically from an area known as the Maremma.
Literally translated as " cooked water ", This dish is a relatively simple soup. Farmers often prepared it by boiling water with the few herbs and vegetables they found and then added hard bread to it to have something to chew.
The tharida (also known as tharid) is an Arabian soup that dates back to the times of Muhammad. Created by a group known as Ghassanids, this dish combines stewed meat and bread crumbs .
Although the ghassanids are Muslims, they were Christians until their kingdom finally adhered to the Arab conglomerate. However, the attractiveness of the Tharida transcended the religious differences and became very popular among the followers of Allah.
Muhammad compared the dish with his favorite wife, Aisha, to say that the tharida outperformed the other dishes, as that Aisha surpassed all other women. It is one of the few traditional Arab meals that spread throughout the world. Variants can be found from Morocco to China .
8- Cantal Cheese
Cheese Cantal, also known as Fourme is one of the oldest cheeses in the history of France.
The Roman author Pliny the Elder wrote about cheese in the 1st century AD. C. To the great displeasure of the Roman cheesemakers, Plinio said that the best cheese in the world came from Nimes a city in the south of France.
Relatively without experiencing great changes in its elaboration through the centuries, the Cantal cheese reached relative popularity during the reign of Louis XIV of France.