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  • Beaver Tail, Some Delicious "Gamey-Tasting Fat" on Random Disgusting Foods People Really Ate In 18th Century America

    (#1) Beaver Tail, Some Delicious "Gamey-Tasting Fat"

    The huge population of beaver in North America meant that the Great Lakes region hosted a booming fur trade in the 17th and 18th centuries. It should come as no surprise, then, that beaver meat was also consumed. Beaver tail was a particular - and peculiar - delicacy in Colonial America.

    The meat was very fatty and typically roasted, and it has been described by at least one contemporary cookbook writer as "essentially gamey-tasting fat." 

  • Stewed Swan, A Beloved Transatlantic Dish on Random Disgusting Foods People Really Ate In 18th Century America

    (#7) Stewed Swan, A Beloved Transatlantic Dish

    Colonial men and women enjoyed a wide variety of specialty meats that have since fallen off the American menu. Take the swan, for example. Today, eating what many consider to be the graceful, elegant swan would probably create an outrage.

    But Colonial Americans didn't think that way. Stewed swan was one of many dishes that Colonists actually copied from England.

  • Posset, A Drinkable Curdled Custard on Random Disgusting Foods People Really Ate In 18th Century America

    (#14) Posset, A Drinkable Curdled Custard

    Posset was a rich, creamy 18th-century dessert. Made with cream, eggs, and flour, posset at first sounds like a delicious custard. The catch? Add some ale, and it becomes drinkable custard, as the ale curdled the cream.

    In Colonial days, posset was a popular drink to serve at weddings and was sometimes served in specialty pots.

  • Applejack, Hard Apple Cider On Steroids on Random Disgusting Foods People Really Ate In 18th Century America

    (#8) Applejack, Hard Apple Cider On Steroids

    Fun fact: apples were not native to North America. Settlers from England actually brought the tree with them, and apples quickly became a dependable, multi-purpose food staple for Colonists. Perhaps the most interesting apple incarnation was applejack, which was basically a hard apple cider on steroids. Colonists created applejack by freezing hard cider. The process of freeze-distillation would jack up the alcohol content of the beverage.

    Though Colonists consumed quite a bit of alcohol, and drinking applejack was like downing many glasses of alcohol at once: applejack was roughly 30% alcohol. 

  • Turtle Soup, A Wealthy Household Staple on Random Disgusting Foods People Really Ate In 18th Century America

    (#12) Turtle Soup, A Wealthy Household Staple

    One of the trendiest foods in the 18th century was indisputably the turtle. Virtually every wealthy household had a tried and true recipe for turtle soup. Though turtle soup was consumed on both sides of the Atlantic - the imperial trade meant that wealthy families in Britain and France got access to turtles from the Colonies - it was especially prevalent in Virginia and Maryland, where there were plenty of turtles.

    Cooked with wine and butter, turtle soup was considered a rich, decadent dish. 

  • Calf's Foot Jelly, A Special Treat You Could Get Just From Boiling A Hoof on Random Disgusting Foods People Really Ate In 18th Century America

    (#3) Calf's Foot Jelly, A Special Treat You Could Get Just From Boiling A Hoof

    Molded gelatins and jellies were all the rage on both sides of the Atlantic in the 18th century. Calf's foot jelly, in particular, was a well known dish. And it's exactly what it sounds like: a gelatin that emerges while boiling the hoof of a calf.

    Early Americans believed calf's foot jelly was even good for the sick

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People may think some food unpalatable just because they are strange or disgusting, which may be caused by cultural differences. But these 18th-century American foods are really disgusting and few people have the courage to try them. With the development, people have no chance to eat many American ancient foods. American food in the 18th century was complex, not as refined and delicious as the European countries of the time.

Here are 15 disgusting foods that people really ate in 18th century America, the collection is at random and you could refresh it to get another group of items. 

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