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Food in Ancient Egypt


food in ancient egypt

Ancient Egyptians had no silverware so all food was eaten with their hands. Beer and wine were the customary drinks for people of all social classes.


Status in society determined the type and amount of food a person ate. Those who were wealthy had a large variety of foods, while those who were poor had a very basic menu.


The poor typically ate unleavened bread, onions, and sometimes fish. Beer was the usual drink. Beef and other meats were seldom eaten, except at government –sponsored feasts.

food gathering ancient egypt

The wealthy enjoyed a more varied food selection. Wealthy Egyptians had over fifteen different types of breads. Some of the vegetables common to their diet were lentils, lettuce, peas, cucumbers, onions, and radishes. Sugar was not available in Egypt, but they did keep bees for honey to sweeten their foods. Meats from cattle, sheep, goats, and pigs were often served. The wealthy enjoyed dates, melons, grapes, pomegranates, and apricots, which were in good supply.


hunting for food in Ancient EgyptThe rich often held banquets, where large amounts and a wide variety of foods were served. Wild game and fowl were hunted and served. Butter and cheese were also served at these banquets. Female dancers were employed to entertain the guests.



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