Young game was avoided
owing to the little nourishment it contained and its indigestibility
with the exception of young partridges and leverets which appeared at
the most sumptuous banquets.
There was a time when they fattened pheasants as they did capons.
Plovers were much enjoyed and they were roasted without being drawn,
as also were turtle-doves and larks; "for," says an ancient author,
"larks only eat small pebbles and sand, doves grains of juniper and
scented herbs, and plovers feed on air." At a later period the same
honour was conferred on woodcocks.
Thrushes, starlings, blackbirds, quail, and partridges were in equal
repute according to the season. Of all
the birds used for the table none could be compared to the young cuckoo
taken just as it was full fledged.
Middle Ages Food -
The following fruits were available during the Medieval era, even
though many were looked upon with sheer distain, especially by the Upper
Classes. The following list of fruits were available during the Medieval times of the Middle Ages:
Many of the above
game sound awful to us Modern people but as they were freely
available it only made sense for them to be cooked. Remember the
Children's Nursery Rhyme of Sing a song of sixpence...