Ancient Egyptian Food

Ancient Egyptian Food

Ancient Egyptian Food

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Ancient Egyptian food included lots of different dishes as the Egyptians had a great taste when it came to their cuisines. No one has left Hungary in ancient Egypt, they enjoyed a great variety of foods not much different from what we consume today.

The ancient Egyptian civilization had access to better foods due to their rich soil and the Nile River which provided irrigation for the crops and water for the livestock.

The ancient Egyptians were able to cultivate the art of cooking as they changed how ancient people look at food by creating amazing recipes.

The ancient Egyptian society main food was bread and beer, often accompanied by fruits, vegetables, and fish eaten by the poor while meat and poultry were eaten by the rich.

The ancient world was not good for the health as the food was less nutritious but in Egypt, it was a different story, as the food led to the overall prosperity and fertility for thousands of years.

Ancient Egyptian Meals

Many carvings and images can be found on temple and tomb walls showing ancient Egyptian food from Egypt old kingdom and Egypt new kingdom.

Most depictions were in the afternoon, men and women were separated in the images unless they were married.

The seating positions varied according to social status with those in the higher status sitting on chairs while the middle class sat on stools and the lowest class sat on the raw floor.

Before the food was passed basins were provided with perfume cones to spread pleasant smells.

The dishes consisted of stews served with great amounts of bread, fresh vegetables, and fruit, and for dessert, there were cakes baked with dated and flavored with honey.

Cooking in Ancient Egypt

Food was made in stewing, boiling, baking, grilling, frying or roasting. Many spices and herbs were added for flavor, only to be found on the table of the wealthy as it was an expensive import.

The Egyptians were able to preserve their food like meat by salting and dated & raisins were dried for long-term storage.

The primary source of sweetener in ancient Egyptian food was honey which was highly expensive as it was collected from the wild or from domestic bees kept in pottery hives.

Oils were used in cooking after being made from lettuce, safflower, bean, sesame, balanitis, and olive also animal fat was used for cooking as well and they all were stored in jars.

Ancient Egypt Bread

The staple of ancient Egyptian cuisine was bread which was eaten by both the rich and the poor.

It was consumed on a daily basis and was made from wheat or barley. Making bread was a strenuous task were the grains first grounded into the floor by women through a grinding mill to form a flour.

The sand was added into the grinder to speed up the process which means the bread has sand in it that was the cause of many dental problems like tooth decay as evident in the teeth of various mummies.

When mixing the flour with water and yeast, the dough would be formed that then be placed in a clay mold before being cooked in a stone oven.

There were fine dessert bread and cakes from high-grade flour. The bread came in different sizes and shapes like human figures, fish, and many animals; they were also seasoned with coriander seeds and dates.

Drinks in Ancient Egypt

The beer was the most common drink in ancient Egypt, the cornerstone of ancient Egyptian beverages. It was called “Beer Bread” was an important part of the Egyptian diet and was even used as a currency.

Most of the ancient Egyptians did not drink water directly from the Nile as they observed that people got sick after it so they drank beer instead.

The Ancient Egyptians made beer by half cooking barley then soaking it in water and leaving it to set, it was highly nutritious food containing high protein, minerals, and vitamins. It was the same thickness as a milkshake and contained a low level of alcoholic content.

The ancient Egyptians also made white and red wine from grapes which were combined with spices and honey. They made many non-alcoholic drinks from fruits like dates.

Fruits and Vegetables in Ancient Egyptian Food

Despite the fact that the Nile was not the main source of hydration, it was the main reason for the land fertile nature and the variety of ancient Egyptian food due to its annual flooding, this allowed the plantation of various crops of fruits and vegetables.

The most common vegetables were green onions and garlic which were used for medical purposes plus leek, cucumber, lentils, lettuce, celery, beans, peas, lentils, radish, and turnip plus the papyrus which was used to create paper, was eaten raw, boiled, and even roasted.

The most common fruit was Dates but they also consumed fruits like fig, grapes, melons, apple, and pomegranate.

Meat in Ancient Egypt

In ancient Egypt, fish was the main source of the protein, they were often dried or salted to preserve them for a long period of time.

There was also other sources of protein like chickens that were available for everyone, plus there were goose, duck, lamb, pigeon, and quail. The beef was expensive, available once or twice for the royalty.

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General Tips:

The currency of Egypt is the Egyptian pound.

Friday and Saturday are the official holidays in Egypt.

Keep a tour Guide by your side to fully enjoy your time in Egypt.

Try “Ful & Ta’meya (Fava Beans and Falafel)”, and “Koshary”.

Buy a local SIM card so you can call anyone you want.

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Egypt has a variety of delicious cuisines but we recommend “Ful & Ta’meya (Fava Beans and Falafel)”, Mulukhiya, “Koshary”, a traditional Egyptian pasta dish, and Kebab & Kofta, the Egyptian traditional meat dish.

The best time to travel to Egypt is during the winter from September to April as the climate becomes a bit tropical accompanied by a magical atmosphere of warm weather with a winter breeze. You will be notified in the week of your trip if the weather is unsafe and if any changes have been made.

You should pack everything you could ever need and but in a small bag so you could move easily between your destinations.

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The best activity is by far boarding a Nile Cruise between Luxor and Aswan or Vise Versa. Witness the beauty of Egypt from a hot balloon or a plane and try all the delicious Egyptian cuisines and drinks plus shopping in old Cairo. Explore the allure and wonders of the red sea in the magical city resorts of Egypt like Hurghada and many more by diving and snorkeling in the marine life or Hurghada. Behold the mesmerizing western desert by a safari trip under the heavenly Egyptian skies.

There are a lot of public holidays in Egypt too many to count either religious or nation, the most important festivals are the holy month of Ramadan which ends with Eid Al Fitr, Christmas and new years eve. Read More

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Arabic is the official language and Most Egyptians, who live in the cities, speak or understand English or at least some English words or phrases. Fewer Egyptians can speak French, Italian, Spanish, and German. Professional tour guides, who work in the tourism sector, are equipped to handle visitors who cannot speak Arabic and they will speak enough English and other languages to fulfill the needs of all our clients.

The fastest way is a car, of course, a taxi. If you are in Cairo ride a white taxi to move faster or you could board the fastest way of transportation in Egypt metro if the roads are in rush hour.

The temperature in Egypt ranges from 37c to 14 c. Summer in Egypt is somehow hot and winter is cool and mild but sometimes it becomes cold at night. The average of low temperatures vary from 9.5 °C in the wintertime to 23 °C in the summertime and average high temperatures vary from 17 °C in the wintertime to 32 °C in the summertime. The temperature is moderate all along the coasts.

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