It is well known that in the past people actually wrote a lot, aside from various stories, we know that they actually followed different ancient recipes and ate different types of food. We bring you 9 ancient recipes from all around the world that might be a little bit offbeat.
We do know about the famous chocolate drink that Aztecs came up with, but did you know they also ate human meat? 1629. Alarcón wrote about tlacatl olli which is a human stew. Most of the human related recipes come from Mesoamerica.
Valvulae balotelli is a cool ancient recipe and meal which comes from the cookbook of Apicius in the 4th century. Pig Vulva Sausage was considered a great delicacy and it was served with all kinds of herbs.
Even if you cannot find this recipe anywhere, it is well known that warriors ate it – Melas Zomos or the Black soup served with figs and cheese was thought to be making Spartans brave.
Cuy is another way of saying ‘a roasted guinea pig’, it is a known meal of Incas before 5000 years ago. Stuffing it with hot peppers and flowers will result in making ‘carapulcra’ which was first described by Bernabe Cobo in the 17th century.
Hakarl in other words, fermented shark meat, is still consumed today in Iceland. The shark meat contains cyanide which is very poisonous if not cured properly. This meal is usually eaten meanwhile drinking Brennivin, a strong Icelandic liquor.
Piki is another name for this Blue Corn Pancake which is considered an art since it is very complicated to make. The tradition of piki goes back for at least 500 years – piki was a ceremonial meal.
Coming from the Old Testament, Ezekiel 4:12, this bread has to be backed by a person who will eat it, in front of other people, baked right over human feces. It probably sounds awful but it used to be a very respected biblical recipe.
King Richard II. was given a cookbook by a chef, the cookbook was named The Forme of Cury and contained various recipes such as porpoise porridge. Some claim this dish tastes like pig-fish which is what porpoise means.
The Manasollasa is a book written by South Indian king Someshvara III, it contains a recipe for a black rat. Yes, people actually ate rats back in the day, and it was considered very delicious.
Would you eat these things back in the days? How about now? Would you prepare any of these ancient recipes today?