Thursday, November 13, 2008

Question from Nancy - Tudors eating their veggies

Did the Tudors eat vegetables? Information on Tudor food and banquets seems to focus on rough bread and the "white meats" for the poor, and of course meats for the rich. Did these people also eat plain or made vegetable dishes, or much salad?


Anonymous Tracey said...

Vegetables gained in popularity in England during the early 1500's. City gardens became commonplace, as well as imports from Flanders.

Salad ingredients were rarely served raw. Tudor folk liked them cooked with added sugar (which was quite expensive), oil, or vinegar.

Often vegetables would be placed in pottage, a meat stock which had been thickened with oatmeal.

November 13, 2008 12:45 PM  
Blogger Merlin said...

Apparently, Catherine of Aragon was very fond of salad (presumably served hot- didn't they consider raw vegetables to be dangerous?)There are lots of references to fruit in Tudor chronicles as well- strawberries (served with hippocras), apples, etc.

November 16, 2008 10:37 AM  

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