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There are three main sources of food. These are food that is brought in tithe, farmed or raised in or near High Reaches Weyr proper, and food that is traded for.

File Description
Food-Tithed Food commonly received in tithe
Food-Farmed Foods raised in High Reaches
Food-Traded Food commonly received in Trade
Food-Meals Common meal items
Food-Cooking The mechanics of what's available

Food-Tithed

There are three main categories for those who raise food given in tithe. Their labors are either in the orchards, the farm field beds, or in domestic livestock.

Domestic Livestock: Chickens, Ducks, Geese (eggs, meat), Goats, commonly known as Caprine (milk, meat, cheese), Sheep commonly known has Ovine, (milk, wool, meat), Swine commonly known as porcine (meat), and Cattle commonly known as herdbeasts (milk, meat, cheese).

Orchard: Apple, Blueberry, Pear, Oak (acorn flour), Gooseberry

Farmed: Beets (sugar), Beans (legumes), Cabbage, Herbs, Leeks, Onions (sometimes called Whiteroot), Peas, Potatoes (also known as Tubers), Salad Greens such as mustard greens, parsnips, beet greens and spinach, and Turnips.


Food-Farmed

Foods grown in the Weyr are primarily cold hardy herbs and seasonings such as mustard seed, tarragon, mints and dill. A small amount of sage, coriander, marjoram, thyme, lovage, hyssop, and rosemary is grown in boxes that can be warmed inside. The Weyr also keeps and breeds livestock from those tithed to help support the massive need for meat by the dragon population.


Food-Traded

While the Weyr does have some gardens, they have their limits as to what can reasonably be grown and harvested, both in the confines of space and climate. The hotter weather foods, and foods requiring a lot of space are gone without or else traded for.

Items that are received in trades are not always fresh, they are often dried, powdered, or otherwise preserved in barrels, flasks, or jars, unless there is reason and a safe way to carry them dragon back between.

Common trade goods include: oats, wheat flour, olives, wine and grapes, dried beans, certain herbs, raisins, dried seaweed, barley, rice (river grain), klah, oranges (citron), red fruit, green fruit, stickle bush leaves, blackberries (marsh berries), cherries, raspberries, salted fish (fingertail, redfish, whitefish, pack tail, bordo), spiderclaw, wherry, and whersport.


Food-Meals

The following are some common items used at particular mealtimes. There are many ways they are served, so be creative or conservative to your tastes. There are two main mealtimes, one in the morning, and one in the late afternoon, and a light evening snack about an hour or two before one goes to bed. Food is available throughout the day in the commons and no one ever goes hungry (unless being punished).

Morning Meal: eggs, tubers, fruit, flat breads, sausages, meatrolls

Afternoon Meal: stews, soups, flat bread, salad, meat dishes, vegetables, rice, potato dishes

Evening Snack: goat cheese, fruits, wine, nuts, polenta, flat bread,

Drinks: water, teas, klah, fruit juice, or wine

Treats: wines, bubbly pies, fruits, sweet breads


Food-Cooking

Cooks are very talented in their own right. Although they are not an official craft, many cooks are generational, passing down recipes from one generation to the next. Fire is the only source of heat for cooking. Many foods are left raw (fruits, vegetables, nuts), but all meat is cooked.

The oven hearths in the kitchens are ceramic and stone where items can be baked. There are lined fire pits over which kettles are used, or rotating spits can be set up. There are flat stones on top of the ovens which get hot. The surfaces are good for slower cooking, or keeping items warm.

Foods are baked, stewed, steamed, smoked or fried for the most part. The only common oil-fat available for use in cooking is lard.

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