Medieval Ingredients

Many of the ingredients used in modern cooking came into use between 1492 and 1700. With the introduction of these new ingredients came a major change in cooking. This change lead to the cuisine we know today.

This section of my website is not about our current cuisine. It is not even about the transition that led to our current cuisine. It is about the ingredients used by cooks in the Middle Ages (900 to 1499) in Western Europe. I have not even included every ingredient that was available to the medieval cook, only those that were:

I have divided the ingredients available to the medival cook by type:

At some time in the future, I will be adding cross-references that show ingredients they became available and where they were commonly used.