Ahoy there mateys. Today is International Talk Like A Pirate Day, a day in which people all around the world take on the old-fashioned vernacular of pirates. Talking like a pirate is fun. And easy. And it never gets old. But what about eating like a pirate? That’s a little harder. If it was International Eat Like A Pirate Day, what would you be eating? Here’s a quick list of the Most Common Pirate Meals.
Fish – Fish were obviously a main staple of the pirate’s diet. They didn’t use lines and fishing rods, though. Instead they employed fishing nets and occasionally just put the bait directly on their hook hands and dipped them into the ocean.
Sea Turtle – Sea turtles were plentiful and even easier to catch than fish. As an added bonus, their large shells could be used to pretend you were a turtle and escape the terrible and grueling life of a pirate.
Biscuits – Double-baked and extra hard, pirate biscuits were made for longevity, not flavor. This is perhaps the origin of the old pirate phrase, “I’m sick of eating biscuits.”
Eggs – Pirate ships would set sail with several chickens on board, whose job it was to continuously provide fresh, tasty eggs.
Chicken – For when pirates got sick of eggs.
Bone Stew – The ship’s cook often kept the bones of everything they ate, and when times got lean, he’d throw the bones in a pot and make bone stew. This almost always resulted in the quick election of a new cook.
Rum – Rum was not only consumed for pleasure, it was also used as a medicine to cure common maladies such as headaches, fevers, and not being drunk.
Rum Cake – This was not what you think of when you imagine a traditional rum cake. It was essentially just a regular cake that was used as a sponge to soak up any rum that was accidentally spilled.
Parrots – There wasn’t much meat on the bird, but what it lacked in quantity it made up for in flavor and increased levels of quiet.
Whatever The Sailors Were Eating On The Ship They Just Took Over – A pirate’s favorite meal.