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Medieval Food & Drink. In general, meals are taken 3 times a day. <Poland: Prandium 9-10 a.m., Coena 5-7 p.m.> What do they eat? → made by wheat, rye… (the more white flour, the more exalted the position of the eater) → made by oats . Bread. Porridge.

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    1. Medieval Food & Drink • In general, meals are taken 3 times a day. • <Poland: Prandium 9-10 a.m., Coena 5-7 p.m.> • What do they eat? → made by wheat, rye… (the more white flour, the more exalted the position of the eater) → made by oats Bread Porridge Cheese

    2. Medieval Food Pork → the most-consumed meat → → Being multipurpose (hens, ducks, geese) →regular → Wild game. Not common, but highly esteemed and used as gifts or rewards. Beef Lamb Poultry Venison

    3. Medieval Food Fish → herring, salmon, eel, pike, perch… *Preservation: salting, pickling, smoking and drying * The wealthier, the more often meat appears on the table → carrots, cabbages, onions… → apples,figs, grapes, plums, sloes → ginger, cinnamon, cloves mace and pepper Vegetables Fruits Spices

    4. Medieval Drinks Wine/Beer →Made by barley. The major drink in the Middle age. England was the primary consumer of wine. →a sweet alcoholic drink made by honey. * Banquets→ 1. consume tons of food 2. impress the guests 3. A way of entertainment Mead

    5. Medieval Food & Drink • Diets between the rich and the poor • The rich: beef, pork, venison, fish, eggs, less vegetables, beer… → their health suffered (scurvy 壞血病, tooth decay, heart problems…) • The poor: vegetables, dark breads, porridges, cheese, occasional fish, beer, mead… →survive well