WHAT DID THE PERSIANS EAT?
With crops grown throughout its empire, Persians enjoyed a rich diet. The most common grains of rice, barley, and wheat could be combined with vegetables, dates, oranges, and lemons mixed with spices to make dishes that were both colorful and flavorful.
Grains were ground to make flour and bake various types of bread. Meat came from Persia’s vast herds of cattle, sheep, and goats.
Wild game was hunted for sport as well as for food. Kings and noblemen would organize hunts to kill any animals that preyed on livestock. Citizens would gather on nearby hillsides to witness the skill of the king as he risked his life to defend his people against dangerous lions.