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  •  argh. "food spoiled" "mad drive for spices" (12+ / 0-)

    completely bogus.

    Medievals did NOT eat spoiled food, unless they were starving. Certainly not the upper classes. There were strong regulations about adulterating food and trying to sell spoiled foodstuffs.

    Medievals had different taste in spices than we do, and than the Victorians who started investigating the Medieval period 150 years ago. For example, their food was not swimming in garlic and capsicum peppers as so much of ours does today.

    Also, even the Victorians no longer did major food preservation by SALTING, as was common in the Medieval period. When you have to soak and boil repeatedly to remove the salt, there's not much taste of anything left. Another reason for spicing.

    The "mad drive for spices" was just like the "mad drive for silk",  people wanted what was fashionable and, like today, would PAY RIDICULOUS AMOUNTS OF MONEY for it! And there were even reasonable supply reasons for spices costing a lot... when it takes 2 years to get something halfway around the world, there's overhead!

    "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

    by chimene on Sun Feb 03, 2013 at 08:27:06 PM PST

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