It’s useful to know about real world food even when you’re creating a fantasy world. For my stories, I don’t recreate everything. Things like apples and rosemary exist.
“Rice has long been a main food source for more than half of the world population. The hearty grain will continue to keep humanity strong and well-fed in the event of a disaster.”
“Unopened bottles of wine or other distilled spirits can be stored for up to 30 years or more. Some alcohols tend to age and acquire a taste improvement over time, but still require proper storage.”
“Not too far back in our history, spices were worth their weight and more in gold. Egyptians were buried with their spices. Roman soldiers used to be paid in salt.”
“Boil polluted water for four minutes. (Make sure it’s a rolling boil) It’s slow, but it works, and can be done anywhere there is fuel for a fire.”
“Hawthorn trees and hedgerows are also awash with their bright red fruits by late September. Haws are most often turned into jams and jellies, which can then be stored to provide sustenance throughout the long winter months, but you can also eat them raw from the tree.”
“You’ll only going to be able to grow food for part of the year and are going to have to preserve most of that food for use in the colder winter months.”
Grains: A Growing Guide
Growing and Making Your Own Spices
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