Food and Drink
The average Egyptian’s diet consists of bread, beer, cucumbers, leeks, and onions. Pulses (peas, beans, lentils & chickpeas) are also consumed on a regular basis for dinners.This is supplemented by occasional fruits (dates, melons, figs, plums, and persea) and vegetables (wild celery, garlic, gourds, radishes, & lettuce). Meat is rare and largely limited to fish & wild poultry (duck & pigeon), with fish being eaten perhaps once every three or four days. Pork is generally shunned because it is “unclean” although it’s still consumed occasionally.
Wealthier Egyptians enjoy more fruits (including imported fruits like coconuts, peaches, cherries, and pears), vegetables (cabbage was a delicacy), and meat, including beef. Honey, pastries, and cakes are also a regular part of the diet. A wealth Egyptian’s diet is generally very high in fat and cholesterol, and obesity is much more common than in the lower classes. Wine, made from grapes and dates, is common. The very richest individuals buy wine imported from the land of Canaan. is also more common, as were. Many upper-class citizens refuse to eat fish.