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Moretum in the mortar
Type Spread
Place of origin Ancient Rome
Main ingredients Herbs, fresh cheese, salt, oil, vinegar

Moretum is a type of herb cheese spread that the Ancient Romans ate with bread.[1] A typical moretum was made of herbs, fresh cheese, salt, oil and some vinegar. Optionally, different kinds of nuts could be added. The contents were crushed together in a mortar, hence the name.


A recipe can be found in the poem of the same name in the Appendix Vergiliana.[2] De Re Rustica, book XII of Columella contains further recipes of moretum. The variant with pine nuts is very similar to modern pesto.

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  1. ^ Roman Cookery: Ancient Recipes for Modern Kitchens by Mark Grant, ISBN 1-897959-39-7, by Serif, 47 Strahan Rd, London E3 5DA
  2. ^ Appendix Vergiliana in English translation

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