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Ancient Prepper foods
Foods of our ancestors

The ancients were preppers! Ancient people had to set food
aside to live through the Winter and survive lean times.

In ancient Egypt, the people built silos for grain. Food was also
imported and kept in clay pots. Archaeological digs revealed
peppercorns preserved in clay pots, which were still edible,
centuries later! For the afterlife the people of ancient Eygpt
included preserved meats, grain, dried fruits, honey, and even
wine and beer. Food preservation consisted mostly of drying and

Ancient Prepper Foods

Following are some ancient prepper foods you should consider

Ancient Prepper Food: Cheese.
The oldest food manufactured by man and an important part of
prepping, cheese from sheep is the earliest form of cheese
making known. Even the Egyptians made cheese, as evidenced
by the pictorials in tombs!

Ancient Prepper Food: Preserved Fruits.

  • Date Palm fruit (dates). Dates have been a staple food of
    the Middle East for thousands of years. The date palm the
    oldest viable seed. Incredibly, after 2000 years in storage,
    one sprouted! They grow well in California. Left, you'll find
    Gourmet Reserves date pieces thoughtfully packaged for
    food storage. ates! Better than energy gels, you'll find
    dates are a quick-digesting carbohydrate . It's a whole food
    to take with you on your bugout because it will provide
    quick energy too!

  • Raisins. Ancient Eygptians ate raisins. They area an easy
    and long-lasting prep for your food storage system.

  • Olives. The olive is versatile as it is useful for light, heat,
    food, and medicine. Olive trees are the oldest cultivated
    tree known to mankind, dating back 6,000 years for use in
    food and ceremony. Olives have been found in Egyptian
    tombs and as an annointment for the dead. Ancient Greeks
    grew olives because they could grow many trees in a small
    space. They preserve well in red wine vinegar, making them
    an interesting choice for preppers. Olives grow well in
    California and would make a wise choice for preppers there
    to farm. Olives are probiotic!

Ancient Prepper Food: Seeds.

  • Acorns. Dining on acorns is not easy. There is a bitter
    tannic acid that ancients had to process out before making
    a meal. Need a recipe with acorns? Here's how to make
    acorn bread. Another good resource for acorns is Acorns
    and Eat'em: A How-To Vegetarian Acorn Cookbook  by
    Suellen Ocean, pictured immediate right which offers the
    complete directions for harvesting, preparing and cooking
    acorns. Try her Acorn Cheesecake or her Acorn Enchiladas
    and rediscover what shouldn't have been lost!

  • Apricot seeds! Apricots are tasty and the seeds are useful
    as well. Grind them up into a paste and you'll have a nutty
    marzipan-like flavor, much like almonds. Apricots grow well
    as a wall tree, and are good options for the Upper Mid
    West of the United States.

  • Halva (sweet sesame paste): Halva is a sweet and nutty
    paste that's slightly chalky. Made of sesame seeds, honey
    or sugar, and palm oil, halva is a dense and high-energy
    food of ancient preppers. Dating back more than 3,000
    years, halva is a hearty and long-lasting food that endures
    today in tradition. Sometimes consumed as a dessert,
    halva is also eaten as part of an energizing breakfast or a
    mid day snack. As a candy, halva can take on many flavors
    as it is mixed with other ingredients (seeds, nuts, fruits
    and extracts) such as pistachio, dates, coconut, vanilla or
    coffee. Though halva has high levels of fat and
    carbohydrates, this ancient food is indeed healthy! Sesame
    seeds are packed with nutritious minerals, including
    calcium, magnesium, manganese and copper, and halva is
    high in protein as well. Halva is a nourishing food
    consumed by princes and kings, titans and sultans.

  • Tahini (savory sesame paste): A savory paste of sesame
    seeds, Tahini recipes may include adding cinnamon. Tahini
    may also be an ingredient of Babaganoush, Halva, Hummus
    and other recipes.

Ancient Prepper food: Beans and Legumes.

  • Cocoa. Cacao powder is increasingly being consumed for
    its nutritive and health enhancing properties as it has been
    in many cultures for thousands of years. Cocao is a food of
    the ancient Mayans. Mexican tradition is to pound the
    seeds into powder. Cocoa, or theobroma cacao is raw
    chocolate. Theobroma literally means food of the gods!
    According to the manufacturer of Frontier cocoa powder,
    pictured immediate right, "The tropical cacoa tree produces
    this food of the gods."It's no wonder as cocoa is rich in
    flavor and color, and it's a healthy way to stock up on
    antioxidants and important minerals like calcium
    magnesium and iron, copper and potassium. Cacao also
    contains more antioxidant flavonoids than red wine, green
    tea and blueberries! This cocoa powder is the source for all
    chocolate and cocoa products. Cocao is an awesome
    ancient superfood of the Mayans!

  • Hummus. Hummus, made of Chickpea Flour (dried
    garbanzo beans ground into flour), and also often mixed
    with Tahini (Sesame Paste). Pictured at the top of a page
    in a can, hummus is an easy prepper recipe.

  • Lentils. Lentils have sustained man since biblical times!
    Highly nutritious, lentils are an excellent source of protein
    and fiber and require no soaking, making them an ideal
    prepper food. These legumes are available in hundreds of
    varieties, including the spicy version of India known as
    Dahl. Rich also in folate, manganese, copper, potassium,
    and Vitamin B1, lentils energize and stabilize blood sugars,
    making them ideal for people with diabetes. Traditionally,
    lentils are combined with barley and wheat. Look for high
    quality lentils that are whole and not cracked.

  • Natto: Natto is a traditional Japanese probiotic fermented
    soyfood. It contains  nattokinase, a fybrinolytic enzyme,
    and is a rich source of Vitmain K2. As well, Natto is high in
    protein. Natto isn't for everyone -- it's a stringy, sticky
    fermented food with a distinct flavor.

Ancient Prepper Food: Ancient Grains.
Healthful recipes with organically grown, freshly ground, low-
gluten and gluten-free ancient grains is the topic of
With Ancient Grains
, the book by Laura B. McBride, pictured left.
With 139, easy-to-follow, bread, snack, dessert and main course
recipes, you will find recipes to make low-cost, nutritious meals
for yourself and your family right at your finger tips! "

  • Ancient Grains (seeds). Pictured at the top of the page,
    Ancient Grain Seeds are non-hybrid, non-GMO seeds which
    are not chemically treated. Because they are non-hybrid,
    seeds may be harvested at the end of the growing season
    and then used for the next year's planting! Varieties
    include barley, Waxy Hulless, spelt, quinoa, amarnth,
    Kanta,Rye oats, Monida Kamut, Korasan Millet, white Proso
    corn, and Hopi Blue Flax. You get 10 large seed packets
    sealed in a #10 can.

  • Chia. Chia seeds are a densely rich food, and a versatile
    addition to cereals, yogurts, drinks and baked goods. Chia
    seeds are a prebiotic food, meaning that they are healthy
    in conjunction with probiotics because they feed the
    healthy bacteria in your gut.

  • Kamut (Khorasan wheat). The sweet flavor of Kamut
    descends from Pharaoh's time, and it would serve well on
    the modern day food pyramid! Kamut is rich in protein, iron
    and fiber. Try them in stews and salads. Kamut is the
    traditional grain of Egypt.

  • Quinoa.  

  • Spirulina.

  • Mead. An ancient fermented product, much like beer, mead
    is an ancient grain to reconsider.

  • Pasta (semolina or purified durum wheat). Our ancestors
    ate pasta! It has a long connection with our past because
    it is a shelf-stable food enjoyed by many cultures.

The ancients had wisdom that we've lost as a society. They
stocked foods to last the long winters or to keep them healthy
through drought and famine. Preppers are helping the
population to grow foods locally and to support local farmers.
They can also enjoy ancestral foods, which are healthy
alternatives to modern day diets of too much sugar and junk

Happy endings...
Make a culinary connection with your ancestors and stockpile
foods with ancient wisdom, incredible nutrition and a naturally
long shelf life.

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