Did You Know?

That we need to thank the Egyptians for:

Bottarga – the pressed eggs of mullet were dried, salted and pressed along with so much of the other fish long before the Italians did.

Foie gras – they forcefully fed the geese a tad more than they needed and made the first foie gras. In fact, some say that they first caught the cranes on the marshes of what we now call Sudan in order to do this, since they were also migratory birds – but ……….

Olives – according to the records they were the first to make the fruit of the olive tree edible even though it was the Greeks or the Syrians that managed to breed the Olea Europea from the oleaster tree. Admittedly they didn’t do a very good job of it and later imported almost every drop of oil they used.

Leavened bread – they were the first to produce the bread we know today. Gluten rich dough, pliable enough to trap enough carbon dioxide necessary for this by using sour dough was produced around 3,000 BC and bread was successfully baked with it.

Chickens, ducks, geese, quail, pigeons and even pelicans were domesticated by them.

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2 responses to “Did You Know?

  1. Hurrah for the Egyptians! Where would we be without foie gras and olives today?!

  2. 🙂 Can’t agree more, pity everyone doesn’t agree about the foie gras!

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