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Ancient Egyptian Food For Kids

By Egyking
It is interesting to study the food habits of ancient Egyptians, among other aspects of their living. It is surprising that, ful medammes,the bean dish which is now the National Dish of Egypt was eaten in the Pharaonic periods. What the ancient Egyptians ate varied depending of their social and financial status. If you are rich, you are made available better food.Egyptian food recipes were influenced by factors like foreign invasion, foreign trade.
Ancient Egyptian Food For Kids
Main influence to Egyptian cuisine came from Syria, Lebanon, Turkey and Greece.Ancient Egyptians mainly grew wheat and barley; they used wheat to bake bread and used barley to make beer. Beer was an ancient national drink in Egypt and it was stored in special beer jars. Spices were added to it for improving the taste. Wine was the drink for the rich and it was made from vineyards. Bread was different from the breads we eat today.The hard and gritty bread was very dangerous to their teeth.
But it was the stable food of many Egyptians. The most common type of bread is a pita type made either with refined white flour called aysh shami, or with coarse, whole wheat, aysh baladi.There were more than thirty different shapes of bread. Honey was used as there was no sugar. Beans was another main crop they grew.Egyptian farming and agriculture flourished because of the Nile river. Vegetables constitute the main ingredient of most Egyptian dishes in additions to meat (beef and chicken). Fruits are eaten as dessert after a meal with many other sweet dishes that Egyptians excel at making.
Ancient Egyptian Food For Kids
Ancient Egyptian Food For Kids
Ancient Egyptian Food For Kids
The fruits the Egyptians ate were dates, grapes, pomegranate, peaches, watermelon etc. although the nature of the fruit varied with the prevailing season and agriculture. Several types of meats were eaten, including pork in some regions. Cattle beef was commonly eaten by the rich, along with sheep or goat, while the poor often ate geese, ducks and other fowl.Even when the other regions were affected by famines, the people of Egypt were secured because the Nile was there to feed the people.
Strong-tasting vegetables like onion were liked by them.They also ate peas and beans, lettuce, cucumbers and leeks. Vegetables were often served with oil and vinegar dressing. Fish and poultry were consumed by the people. Fish and meat were stored by methods like salting.Cooking was done by housewives in ordinary families and servants in richer families. Kitchen tools like mortars were also used.
 Melokhya which is a soup made from a leafy green summer vegetable was a traditional dish in Egypt. Basbousa, a type of sweet, Baklawah, Um Aly, a raisin cake, Konafa, Katayef were the sweet deserts of ancient Egypt.

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