[Sca-cooks] Iberian Peninsula

Terry Decker t.d.decker at worldnet.att.net
Thu Feb 28 12:27:30 PST 2008

The generalized idea that fresh food was strictly local is questionable.  In 
the 15th Century there was a rather extensive movement of livestock over 
considerable distances (much as the movement of pigs, cattle and sheep on 
the American frontier) to market.  Many fruits and a number of vegetables 
are not quickly perishable, so a well established river trade, as there was 
in northern Europe could move them considerable distances.  Most cheeses 
travel fairly well.

The Iberian Peninsula is a special case.  It was a collection of tribal 
regions that became kingdoms which were embroiled in regular warfare from 
711 to 1492.  It did not have a fast way to move goods and what trade there 
was was often interrupted.


> Food, being a perishable resource didn't move very far in most cases.
> Only things like salted or dried fish and meat, spices, dried fruits
> and grains were transported in any quantity for any great distances.
> Cheeses, fresh vegetables, fresh meat and fish were strictly local to
> where they were produced. Thus a coastal plain would have a very
> different cuisine than one just a few miles away in a mountainous region.
> Dragon

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