Dating table manners
The oil is fat and not less suitable for burning than olive-oil, but it gives forth a disagreeable smell.
Oils were also pressed from almonds, sesame (since Ptolemaic times), linseed (flax), raphanus, selgam (cole-seed), and seemga.
Jars of raisins were allotted by the thousands to the Nile god temple by Ramses III, as were dried dates.
There are other lilies too, in flower resembling roses, which also grow in the river, and from them the fruit is produced in a separate vessel springing from the root by the side of the plant itself, and very nearly resembles a wasp's comb: in this there grow edible seeds in great numbers of the size of an olive-stone, and they are eaten either fresh or dried.
Some priests related pigs with Set, an evil god, and made it so most people did not want to eat pigs.
Egyptians ate calves, oxen, and poultry like duck, goose, stork, and pigeon.
A small number of fruit and vegetables like garlic, onions, carobs, dates, or nuts, kept for quite a while, some could be preserved by drying, a technique known to the ancient Egyptians, although the frequency of its implementation with perishable food stuffs is unknown.
But most had to be consumed when they were ripe or processed into a product that would keep.
For it alone is planted with large, perfect, and richly productive olive-trees, and the oil is good when carefully prepared; those who are neglectful may, indeed, obtain oil in abundance, but it has a bad smell. ) of the House of the Million [Years belonging to the king of Upper and Lower Egypt ...... From the little that we know, it appears that Egyptian ointments were made with nut oil, but it is probable that animal as well as vegetable grease was employed for this purpose too.