a medieval minute: full of beans
Around the year 1000, medieval farmers began to replace two-field crop rotation with a three-field system. The third crop each year consisted of beans, peas or lentils. The addition of legumes provided vegetable protein to a world where animal protein was scarce. People became healthier, population doubled in two centuries, Romanesque architecture flourished, cities and culture revived. People were full of beans.
Here’s a medieval recipe for fried beans:
To learn more about life in 12-century France, read The Viscountess and the Templars.
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