|explanation paper benchmark
(European Foods~ Impact of Exploration)
For my benchmark, I chose to research and learn about the impact that exploration had on European foods. In my oral presentation, which I will give on March 21, 2002, I will explain certain characteristics before and after European exploration. I will speak about how the only spices that were ordinarily used in Europe in the beginning of the Renaissance were pepper and salt, while after Christopher Columbus explored the new world common spices also included ginger and cinnamon. In addition, I will refer to other ways that foods were flavored, for example by sugar which was extracted from sugar cane, and I will talk about how poultry and meat were common meals in Europe during the Renaissance, although for most people it was served in an old, decayed manner, as only privileged folk could afford fresh meat. In addition, I will talk about how only few, orchard grown fruits were known to Europeans...