Saturday 21Jul18–Food Issues

Let me begin my weekend with some food stories that would fit nicely in my old food blog “The Food Nazi”……

First some archeology and food…..

At least 4,000 years before the advent of farming, humans were baking bread. Two dozen charred crumbs found in hearths at an ancient hunter-gatherer site in northeastern Jordan have been identified as the world’s oldest samples of bread—specifically, a 14,400-year-old flatbread made from wild cereals. That predates the next oldest sample found in Turkey by 5,000 years. Making bread from scratch—including grinding cereals—is labor intensive, note the researchers. “That it was produced before farming methods suggests it was seen as special, and the desire to make more of this special food probably contributed to the decision to begin to cultivate cereals,” says Dorian Fuller, one of a team of researchers who discovered the crumbs at the Natufian site of Shubayqa 1 in the Black Desert between 2012 and 2015, reports the Guardian.

Described Monday in PNAS, the bread was likely made from wild wheat and barley flour, with ground tubers of a plant called club-rush adding a bitter, nutty flavor, reports the BBC. Combined with water, the mixture is believed to have been baked in ashes or on a hot stone and consumed as part of a feast of gazelle, water birds, and hare, remains of which were also found. Tasting a bit like modern multigrain bread, the flatbread might have even formed part of a meat sandwich. Noting “food remains have long been ignored in archaeology,” researcher Amaia Arranz-Otaegui believes similar “bread-like cereal products” perhaps existed 25,000 years ago. Given this “exceptional find,” she now hopes to explore how the Natufians’ bread production influenced the later agricultural revolution

That was fascinating… let’s move into the present and possibility a look into the future of food…….

A Dutch company that presented the world’s first lab-grown beef burger five years ago said it has received funding to pursue its plans to make and sell artificially grown meat to restaurants in 2021.

Maastricht-based Mosa Meat, which has in the past received more than $1m from Google co-founder Sergey Brin, said it hopes to sell its first products – most likely ground beef for burgers – in the next three years.

The aim is to achieve industrial-scale production two to three years later, with a typical hamburger patty costing about $1.

Another interesting story……my burger is grown?  Now that may turn me vegan….but I like my beef medium to medium rare……LOL

Have a good day….chuq


6 thoughts on “Saturday 21Jul18–Food Issues

  1. I don’t know what to make of meat ‘grown’ in a laboratory. No doubt they would have to add lots of artificial things to it, to make it look and taste like meat. I think I will stick with cows.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. Oh I don’t know.
    I’m okay with my meat being grown… grown inside a cow, pig or chicken, that is. Meat grown inside of a fish is okay as well.

    1. That would not change the taste so much…..but lab grown I will pass and hopefully I will be dead by the time it becomes mandatory….chuq

  3. I heard about that on the radio yesterday from BBC World Service (or Think, can’t remember which). But yeah, that’s pretty cool about the grains (though the interviewer annoyed me by trying to make the guest agree that we should revise our timeline of when human cultivation and farming took place. Seriously, wild grains means wild, not cultivated. If early humans took advantage of what was already there, and didn’t plant a crop, it means they were gathering and not farming–sheesh!).

    But makes me wonder about that bread and how good it would be. Give it a couple of months and the recipe will be on the internet as a new addition to the paleo diet or something.

    1. I will give it a try if it is…..these archo types are always looking for that one thing that will put them on the map so to speak…..I will admit that the timeline is far greater than I thought……chuq

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