Prehistoric Chefs in Europe used Garlic Mustard for Culinary Purposes

EuropeResearchers have found evidence that European liked spicy food at least 6,000 years ago. The conclusion was based on findings of garlic mustard in the residues left on ancient pottery shards. The shards were found in Denmark and Germany.

The findings were published in the journal Plos One. Scientists made an opinion that garlic mustard must have been used as flavoring agents. It was based on the fact that garlic mustards are known to have a little nutritional value.

Dr. Hayley Saul, who led the study from the University of York, UK, said, "This is the earliest evidence, as far as I know, of spice use in this region in the Western Baltic; something that has basically no nutritional value, but has this value in a taste sense".

The study of charred deposits helped the researchers figure out that garlic mustard was used for culinary purposes. The charred deposits were discovered inside pottery shards dating back to 5,800 and 6,150 years ago.

Microscopic traces of plant-based silica, known as phytoliths, were found in these deposits. Phytoliths can be used to identify the plants they belonged to.

The York scinetsit said that it is highly likely that prehistoric chefs would have made use of crushed seeds in cooking to get the flavor.