When students think of medieval times, they might first imagine the legends of King Arthur and his knights of the Round Table. While knights, quests, and codes of honor did play a role in medieval times, also known as the Middle Ages, they occupy only a small and early part of the history. Much more beyond legendary British tales remains to learn about this age from more than half a millennium ago.
Today in the West, we have innumerable different foods available to us at our nearby grocery stores, from spices like cinnamon and ginger to fruits like avocados and mangoes. Globalization and improved transportation allows for this variety. In medieval times, however, the difficulty of travel meant that Europeans didn’t have as much access to these foreign commodities. Medieval diets depended on what the land where you lived could grow as well as on your social standing.