Aims Aims – To investigate the Viking farm – To find out about some of the food Vikings ate – To find out where the Vikings got their food
Something you maybe didn’t know about the Vikings…! A Viking warrior could become close friends with another by cutting himself and rubbing his cut against the cut of his friend so their blood would mix. They would be “Blood Brothers”! The mixing was often done under a circle of soil cut from the ground. The soil would mix with their blood and become mud!!!
The Vikings at Home From Noggin’s homeland and what you have been taught so far, what can you remember of where the Viking’s lived?
The Viking Farm Viking farms were quite pathetic! Although the land was beautiful the soil in Scandinavia was not very fertile – not Usually there would be the longhouse much could grow. where the family slept. There would sometimes be a separate Crop yields were low kitchen, otherwise the Viking would cook in the longhouse and smoke would escape through a hole in the roof. There was sometimes also a Blacksmith hut attached to the Viking’s farm
If barley and oats were all Vikings could grow…where did they get the rest of their food???Fishing in the fjords and keeping cattle and goats which grazed on the side of themountains enabled the Vikings to supplement their diet of barley and oats.Keeping cattle and goats also ensured that the Vikings could eat butter, cheese andbuttermilk – these were full of vitamins and ensured the Vikings stayed healthy.Poor farming conditions were one of the main reasons many Vikings lefthome.They used their skills as seamen and warriors to find land elsewhere.
Herring!Being skilled seamen Viking ate aLOT of fish.HERRING was their favourite andevery year when the Herringpassed down the coast of Norwaythe farmers would drop everythingand rush out to sea.They would bring homeTHOUSANDS of fish to feed theirfamily, the fish was very precious tothem as it gave important vitaminsto the Vikings.
Vile Viking Food How would you like to eat a Cauldron Sausage spiced with thyme and garlic Snake?!? During bad winters (MOST winters!) Vikings would eat anything they could catch! Including… Wild Boars, Foxes, Polar Bears, Seagulls, Walrus, even WHALE!!!
Viking Menu Remember…! – Vikings used NO forks, – Sometimes they used small spoons, – Mostly they ate with their hands and knives Items to choose from on your menu… Porridge (NO sugar!) Whale Herring Moose Polar Bear Cheese Butter Seagull Bread Ravens Foxes Beer Mead (alcoholic drink made from honey and water)