Food and Drink IV

Olive stone, from 'Silchester Interim Report: Late Iron Age plant foods'

Recipe books like Marcus Apicius' On the Subject of Cooking tell us about what wealthy Romans ate. Roman historians also wrote about food. Pliny, for example, wrote in his Natural History, 'In 26 years after Lucullus planted the cherry tree in Italy, other lands had cherries, even as far as Britain, beyond the ocean'. Remains of these imports are found on many archaeological sites.