Though not much used as a spice today, laurel berries were a very common spice in Ancient Roman times and many Roman recipes call for the use of 'laurel berries'. Interestingly, the English term 'bay' referring to the tree originates from the Middle English baye (Old French baie), which derives from the Latin bacca 'berry' and originally referred to the fruit. The name laurel derives from laurus, the Latin name for the bay tree.
A large basket decorated with olive tree leaves full of big olives is on the ground. Two thrushes on each side of the basket are picking at the fruit. Roman era, Sousse, Archaeological Museum of Sousse
They may not look like much to the untrained eye, but these ancient Roman grape seeds, believed to back to the century A., could provide “a real breakthrough” in the understanding of the history of Chianti vineyards in the area, de Grummond says.
Vegetable dishes and salad were often eaten at the prandium. Common vegetables included artichokes, garlic, mushrooms, turnips, asparagus, leeks, olives, beans, lentils, onions, beets, lettuce, broccoli, peas, cabbages, cucumbers, and radishes, and carrots.
Ground Sumac is the main ingredient in the Middle Eastern spice blend Za'atar. It's made from the sumac berry, and is used in salad dressings, rice dishes, and kebobs. Shop ground sumac at Savory Spice Shop!