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People were cooking with spices 6,000 years ago!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

This has nothing to do with weight loss or fitness or anything, but I thought it was really interesting considering how many of us have had to learn to adjust our cooking/eating preferences to incorporate fewer fats or salts and more spices and herbs to make food tastier.

Also, I have a graduate degree in anthropology with a particular focus on paleoanthropology, so this appeals to the nerd in me too. :)

http://wlrn.org/post/stone-a
ge-chefs-spiced-food-even-
6000-years-ago

I have to say, deer and fish stew seasoned with something called "garlic mustard" sounds REALLY delicious. I want to get my hands on some garlic mustard! And I'd be interested to know if the people cooking with it thought it did something beyond just adding flavor. Plenty of herbs and spices have medicinal benefits. Ginger is great for settling your stomach, for instance. (As a fun example of that, there's a lovely Mythbusters episode where several of the cast have seasickness induced and try various remedies and medicines to cure it, and ginger is by far the most effective!) So I wonder if garlic mustard has some other function, too. Maybe it increases alertness, or is good for keeping bugs away...or maybe it just tastes really good. :)

I wish garlic mustard grew around where I live so I could go forage for it!
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  • STRONG_SARAH
    That is interesting. Thanks for posting that. I had read somewhere that because they didn't have ways to preserve foods for long, they used spices and salts to disguise the taste and smell of rancid food.
    1795 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/23/2013 2:30:18 AM
  • DIANE7786
    You might be very close to garlic mustard plants. It's a fast growing weed that invades woodlands in North America. Most people think it doesn't taste good.
    1795 days ago
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