Ketchup of the gods

to be studied

The Garum Factory

Pasta with grape tomatoes, colatura and garlic

Welcome to the first post in our new blog, The Garum Factory.  You can read all about garum, why we decided to name our blog after it, and what this blog is all about in About this, but for the sake of people in a hurry here’s a quick and dirty explanation. 

Garum was the ketchup of the gods in Imperial Rome, the supreme condiment.  It was a fish sauce, not in the sense of something you put on fish, but rather something made from fish.  Romans slathered it on everything and high quality garum was priced at levels that only the very rich could afford.  (I guess they needed something to add a little kick to all of those boiled larks tongues.)  To modern sensibilities the Roman obsession with garum can seem a bit puzzling, especially in light of how garum is made.  Imagine a basket of raw…

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About Terence Park

Board games, US Comic books, SF Paperbacks, Vinyl records; I've plenty of them all. I write SF (the serious sort). I also do spreadsheets.
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