Barley was the main staple of the Sumerian diet, and was used to make barley cakes and barley paste. Sumerians combined barley with other local vegetables, including beans, lentils, chickpeas, mustard and lettuce. Lamb, goat, pork and fish were favorites with city-dwelling Sumerians, but rural farming communities did not eat meat often and lived on a mostly vegetarian diet.Continue Reading
Sumerians mostly lived on barley products and vegetables. These items were often made into soups or enriched bread. Sumerians also enjoyed fruits such as apples, figs, dates and grapes. Sumerians often dried their fruits or preserved them in honey. Honey was a favorite treat and Sumerians added honey to almost all types of food. Goats were prized both for their meat and their milk.
The food culture in ancient Sumer shares several characteristics with modern food culture. Sumerian cities had food stalls, a type of fast food establishment where pedestrians could order any type of food and be on their way with a fully cooked meal in a matter of minutes. Beer and wine were popular with Sumerians, and Sumerians made up drinking songs in their local taverns. Several languages were spoken in Sumer, so Sumerians wrote down cooking instructions translated into each local language. Sumerians were responsible for the first written recipes.Learn more about Ancient History
Like many ancient people, the Sumerians recorded the position of the stars and planets as part of their practice of astrology. They believed earthly events could be predicted by close examination of the heavens.Full Answer >
Traditionally, people of the Cherokee Nation enjoyed a staple food diet that included the "three sisters," or corn, beans, potatoes and squash. Meat staples of the past were deer and turkey. Other foods incorporated into their diet are meals made with fish, plants and roots. Modern Cherokee people traditionally eat eggs, brown beans and wild onions, among other foods.Full Answer >
On a gluten-free diet, food that contains wheat, barley and rye cannot be eaten. Common sources are pasta, bread, cereal and beer. Depending on the strictness of the diet, cross-contaminated foods like oats cannot be eaten.Full Answer >
According to the National Health Service, a balanced diet consists of modest food portions from all of the major food groups, including fruits and vegetables; lean meats; wholegrain items, such as quinoa and barley; legumes; and limited amounts of sugary and high-fat foods. The NHS recommends eating high-fiber and starchy items to fuel the body throughout the day.Full Answer >