Knights were considered noblemen and ate quite differently than the lower classes; they enjoyed fresh meat, river fish, fresh vegetables, fresh fruit and bread. The meals that were cooked were also often flavored with various spices including nutmeg, caraway, pepper, cardamon and ginger.
Some of the other ingredients used in cooking were almonds, dates, raisins and cane sugar. Researchers know the ingredients and types of food available to knights, as well as the royal family and peasants, due to the handwritten medieval cooking recipes left behind. The wealthy, including the knights, were also interested in imported goods from other countries, such as spicy sauces, a favorite among the royal court.