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Old 01-30-2017, 12:53 PM
MrDibble MrDibble is offline
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One other way the medieval diet was probably a little healthier - all the meatless days in the Catholic calendar. More fish in the diet as a consequence.

Originally Posted by Chronos View Post
They might have had variety over the course of the year, but at any given time of year, you had few options available.
I disagree. Largely, this is because they ate many things we wouldn't consider worth eating - so, for instance, not only chickens and ducks, but any songbird was fair game. And not just iceberg lettuce, but any reasonably palatable green. Very few of us still eat the green tops of our carrots, for instance. They did. And sure, they may only have had wrinkly apples and no cold-stored kiwifruit - but they had dozens of varieties of apple, we generally have 3 or 4 in any supermarket. Obviously, this doesn't apply in times of famine. But ordinarily, there would have been quite a variety. Sure, we have refrigeration and the like, but for most people, that just means year-round bananas, not a diversity of fruits.