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50 Foods #13: Garum

Origin:ย The Roman Empire
Date:ย c. 4th century BCE to 5th century CE
Type:ย Fermented fish sauce

According to this chapter, garum was made from the parts that remained after fish had been salted and barreled. This fermented fish sauce was Romanโ€™s obsession. Maybe it changed the course of history, but not too many people know about garum aka Ancient Rome ketchup. Although garum is considered to be originated in the Roman Empire, it was said to be enjoyed by the Greeks earlier.ย 

Last year, I read that Spain is bringing the sauce back from the ancient dead.

Would I eat it?:ย I won’t be using this anytime soon!

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7 thoughts on “50 Foods #13: Garum”

  1. Ah, this one I have heard of. Disgusting. ๐Ÿ˜† I won’t be using it anytime soon either. ๐Ÿ˜‚

    Did your book mention that it is sort of like the first Monosodium Glutamate? ๐Ÿ˜ Haha, I saw a special on TV once and found an article that talked about it: https://io9.gizmodo.com/5790331/how-the-ancient-romans-made-msg Therefore, I like to avoid MSG too. Even though it isn’t made with fermented fish sauce anymore, I can’t think of MSG without being reminded of the fermented fish, so it’s hard for me to eat something when I know that is in it. ๐Ÿ˜‚

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