Ingredients Used by the Ancient Romans that we would consider unusual:
Garum: a sauce made from fish and/or fish by
products, layered with salt and herbs, in a container, and left in the
sun to ferment until liquefied. This is the sauce that is most commonly
MISIDENTIFIED as being made of rotten fish entrails.
Dormice: a kind of rodent, most often served
stuffed and roasted. Main ingredient in Apicius recipe # 397
Figpeckers: a kind of thin-beaked songbird
considered to be quite delicious.
Flamingo or Parrot: Main ingredient in Apicius