Humanity has a rich history. We’ve seen civilizations do some
amazing things and create wonderful progress since way before Jesus
was born, but we usually look through our history with a very
specific point of view. We either discuss the geography, the
technology or maybe the science and religion of these ancient
civilizations, but we keep forgetting to look at something even more
important than all of those: food.
Ancient civilizations had some dishes that are still commonly eaten
today and might actually be worth trying if you haven’t already.
You’ll have heard of at least a few of these and maybe even tried a
couple, but there’s also some more obscure and region-bound dishes
that can take you back to ancient times.
Not only is beer delicious, it’s also one of the oldest (if not the
oldest) drinks we had that required preparation before consumption.
So the first thing we invented when it came to beverages, was how to
get drunk. That’s human ingenuity at its finest!
While hummus is still widely sold and eaten today, the first
mentioning of hummus actually goes back as far as the 13th century,
where it was mentioned in a cooking book found in Egypt. Chickpeas
were commonly grown in Egypt, so one day they turned them into a dip.
I think that’s how these thinks work, anyway.
While the ancient Greeks didn’t exactly have feta cheese, they did
have Touloumotiri, which is usually seen as the precursor to what we
now know as feta cheese. Considering how sheep and goats were more
common in that area in the ancient Greek times, it makes sense that
they’d be the first to turn sheep’s milk into cheese.