By David L Thurmond
Rome used to be capable of help an immense city inhabitants by means of delivering it with the rudiments of human foodstuff within the kind of processed meals. This quantity encompasses a cautious research of these meals approaches. The paintings is geared up at the foundation of the presumed value of these meals, starting with the so-called Mediterranean Triad of cereals (particularly wheaten bread), olive oil and wine, then facing plant items akin to legumes, greens and culmination, then animal items, and finishing with the condiments (salts, sugars, acids, spices) that have been themselves the brokers for the protection of different meals. The paintings combines research of literary and archaeological proof from antiquity with that of conventional comparative practices and sleek nutrients technology.
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Obviously the food agent has to decide whether weevils or microbial spoilage represents a greater threat. Pliny recognizes that thickly husked grains such as millet have more keeping power (as indeed they do) as do those with high oil content such as sesame, and those of bitter ﬂavor such a lupines. Right on two of three counts; fatty seeds are actually far more unstable than low-fat seeds, but it is perfectly true that weevils have an aversion to bitter taste quite as much as humans. Thus some ancient farmers and grain agents sprinkled wheat kernels with amurca or with wormwood—the bitter principle at work—or with chalk from Chalcis or Caria.
In reality the meta is slightly convex so that rotational friction is restricted to a small area. 77 The provenience of the mills is still an open question. 78 Curtis cogently describes the possible evolution of the Pompeian mill from the so-called Morgantina mill found in Sicily and perhaps introduced there from Spain or Punic areas79 For his part Pliny80 quotes Varro as saying they were invented at Volsinii (modern Bolsena, On the standard mill-bakery, see H. Blûmmer, Technologie und Terminologie der Gewerbe und Künst bei Griechen und Römern (Leipzig, Teubner, 1912): 58–67; T.
Assuming a moderate turnover of three times capacity per year, Ostia alone may have shipped some 95,000 tons annually from her horrea, enough to sustain nearly half a million souls. Braying of Porridge Grains At this point the processing of grains bifurcates, as our study of the nature of the grains has already suggested. Speciﬁcally, threshed grains may be made into various forms of porridge or mixed with lesser quantities of water and fashioned into leavened and unleavened breads. Obviously there is no absolute division in the types of grains which may be used for each—a delicious porridge can be made from the groats of ‘naked’ wheat, and we know perfectly well that breads (presumably ﬂat breads) were sometimes made from ‘husked’ grains such as barley, emmer, and even millet—but in general the husked grains were used in Rome for porridges, and the naked wheats, both durum and common, were used for breads.
A Handbook of Food Processing in Classical Rome: For Her Bounty No Winter by David L Thurmond