Food Impact On Ancient Greece
Agriculture helped significantly with Greek economy. Almost 80% of the population used agriculture as part of their culture. Agriculture gave Greece many advances later on. If Greece did not use agriculture, we might not have learned as quickly as we did. Ancient Greece helped shape society today with its ways of living. Greek agriculture and diet, was mostly cereals made with: barley Durum wheat, and …show more content…
They grew cabbage, onion, and garlic. Orchards such as fig, almond, and pomegranate were also grown. Herbs like sage, mint, thyme, and oregano were grown. Other herbs like oilseed plants such as linseed, sesame, and poppy were common to grow in ancient Greece.
Farming in ancient Greece was difficult because of the limited amount of good soil and cropland. It is said that only twenty percent of the land was usable for growing crops. Most farms were small with 4-5 acres of land. Farmers grew enough food to support their families. Sometimes, they grew a small amount to sell. The 3 main crops were barley, grapes, and olives.
Farming was the main work and was done by men. Women in this era were entitled to work in the house. Farming was hard for the Greeks and it was the result of the end of the Golden Age and punishment by Zeus, according to history. Calendars of city-states are linked to the patterns of the agricultural year. The Greeks planned their calendars on farming.
The Mediterranean climate that Greece has is characterized by two seasons: dry and hot, from April to September. The other climate is humid with violent rain storms. Climates also vary in Greece. The mountains winters can be extremely