A continuation of the Goreans Food Class taught by Rhiannon, slave of Master Gorm Runo. In this class Rhiannon had passed out a note card which contained a comprehensive list of all the foods listed in the Gorean novels. We do recognize that there are most likely other foods which common sense would tell us would be on the planet Gor, but these are the ones specifically mentions in the books. Each food also has the accompanying book quote.
Presumably identical to an Earth apricot
I brushed away two sellers of apricots and spices. Come with me to the cafe of Red Cages, said a boy, pulling at my sleeve.”
~ Tribesman of Gor page 45
Arctic Gant Eggs
Eggs of the migratory Arctic gant; when frozen, they are eaten like apples.
“I stepped aside to let a young girl pass, who carried two baskets of eggs, those of the migratory arctic gant. They nest in the mountain of the Hrimgar and in steep, rocky outcroppings, called bird cliffs, found here and there jutting out of the tundra. The bird cliffs doubtless bear some geological relation to the Hrimgar chains. When such eggs are frozen they are eaten like apples.”
~ Beasts of Gor page 196
“Initiates do not eat meat, or beans. They are trained in the mysteries of mathematics. They converse among themselves in archaic Gorean, which is no longer spoken among the people.”
~ Marauders of Gor page 81
A dried pressed biscuit described as baked in Kailiauk from Sa-Tarna flour.
“…Grunt, from his own stores, brought forth some dried, pressed biscuits, baked in Kailiauk from Sa-Tarna flour.”
~ Savages of Gor page 328
Baked soft and full flavored from Gorean grains, heavy and dark, served with clotted Bosk Cream or honey.
“The great merchant galleys of Port Kar, and Cos, and Tyros, and other maritime powers, utilized thousands of such miserable wretches, fed on brews of peas and black bread, chained in the rowing holds, under the whips of slave masters, their lives measured by feedings and beatings, and the labor of the oar.”
~ Hunters of Gor page 13
A porridge served to bond-maids in Torvaldsland made of damp Sa-Tarna and raw fish.
“Another of the bond-maids was then freed to mix the bond-maid gruel, mixing fresh water with Sa-Tarna meal, and then stirring in the raw fish.” ~ Marauders of Gor page 67
Large, shaggy, long horned bovine similar to the Earth cow; served as beef is served.
“The meat was a steak, cut from the loin of a bosk, a huge, shaggy, long-horned, ill-tempered bovine which shambles in large, slow-moving herds across the prairies of Gor.”
~ Priest Kings of Gor page 45
Churned from the milk of the Bosk or the Verr.
“”Olga,” he said, “there is butter to be churning in the churning shed.” ~ Marauders of Gor page 81
No description given
“…too, there would be peas, and beans, cabbages and onions, and patches of the golden sul, capable of sur-viving at this latitude. I saw small fruit trees, and hives, where honey bees were raised; and there were small sheds, here and there, with sloping roofs of boards; in some such sheds might craftsmen work; in others fish might be dried or butter made.”
~ Marauders of Gor page 81
Soft, rounded, succulent candies, usually covered with a coating of syrup or fudge, rather in the nature of the caramel apple, but much smaller, and, like a caramel apple, mounted on sticks. the candy is prepared and the stick, from the bottom, is thrust up, deeply, into it.
“These are not candies, incidentally, like sticks, as, for example, licorice or peppermint sticks, but soft, rounded, succulent candies, usually covered with a coating of syrup or fudge, rather in the nature of the caramel apple, but much smaller, and, like a caramel apple, mounted on sticks. The candy is prepared and then the stick, from the bottom, is thrust up, deeply, into it. It is then ready to be eaten.” –
Dancer of Gor p 81 ( also see below Mint Sticks)
Pressed from the milk of the Bosk they are sharp in taste and travel well resisting molds in their hard rinds.
“The Tarn Keeper, who was called by those in the tavern Mip, bought the food, bosk steak and yellow bread, peas and Torian olives, and two golden-brown, starchy Suls, broken open and filled with melted bosk cheese.” ~ Assassin of Gor page 168
Grown in Tyros.
“It reminds me of the cherries of Tyros,” I said. “I do not know what the flavor is,” she said, “but it is lovely, is it not?” “Yes,” I said.” ~ Beasts of Gor page 349
Also known as songfish due to its whistling mating song; a tiny blue salt-water fish with 4 poisonous spines on its dorsal fin; found in the waters off Port Kar; its liver is considered a delicacy in Turia.
“”Now this,” Saphrar the merchant was telling me, “is the braised liver of the blue, four-spired Cosian wingfish.” This fish is a tiny, delicate fish, blue, about the size of a tarn disk when curled in one’s hand; it has three or four slender spines in its dorsal fin, which are poisonous; it is capable of hurling itself from the water and, for brief distances, on its stiff pectoral fins, gliding through the air, usually to evade the smaller sea-tharlarions, which seem to be immune to the poison of the spines. This fish is also sometimes referred to as the songfish because, as a portion of its courtship rituals, the males and females thrust their heads from the water and utter a sort of whistling sound.”
~ Nomads of Gor page 84-85
These come from the City of Tor; they are sold in a tef (a handful with the 5 fingers closed; a tefa is 6 tefs (a small basket); Five such baskets constitute a huda. In large compressed bricks they are used in trade.
“The principal export of the oases is dates and pressed-date bricks. Some of the date palms grow to more than a hundred feet high. It takes ten years before they begin to bear fruit. They will then yield fruit for more than a century.” ~ Tribesman of Gor page 46
A voracious animal which can maim or kill a slave in moments. Some varieties are edible and considered a gorean delicacy. Varieties include: river eel, black eel, and spotted eel.
“Many estates, particularly country homes, have pools in which fish are kept. Some of these pools contains voracious eels, of various sorts, river eels, black eels, the spotted eel, and such, which are Gorean delicacies.” ~ Magicians of Gor page 428
Usually vulo eggs.. but there are many varieties available depending on the region.
She had been carrying a wicker basket containing vulos, domesticated pigeons raised for eggs and meat.
~ Nomads of Gor page 1
A silvery fish having brown stripes, they follow the ‘parsit current’ in the polar basin. In Torvaldsland, it is smoked and dried, stored in barrels, and used in trade to the south.
“The slender striped parsit fish has vast plankton banks north of the town, and may there, particularly in the spring and the fall, be taken in great numbers. The smell of the fish-drying sheds of Kassau carries far out to sea.” ~ Marauders of Gor page 27 (references also on pages 56, 63 and 64)
Not described in detail
“”I have peas and turnips, garlic and onions in my hut,” said the man, his bundle like a giant’s hump on his back.”
~ Outlaw of Gor page 29
Great Speckled – a fish inhabiting the Thassa and caught as food for sailors.
“Half out of the water, then returning to it, I saw a great speckled grunt, four-gilled. It dove, and swirled away.” ~ Slave Girl of Gor page 360
a large game fish which haunts the plankton beds in the Polar North to feed on parsit fish. It’s eggs are considered a rare delicacy.. like caviar.
“Three other men of the Forkbeard attended to fishing, two with a net, sweeping it along the side of the serpent, for parsit fish, and the third, near the stem, with a hook and line, baited with vulo liver, for the white-bellied grunt, a large game fish which haunts the plankton banks to feed on parsit fish.”
~ Marauders of Gor page 59
No description given.. just that honey bees are raised.
“I saw small fruit trees, and hives, where honey bees were raised; and there were small sheds, here and there, with sloping roofs of boards; in some such sheds might craftsmen work; in others fish might be dried or butter made.” ~ Marauders of Gor page 81
Foliated leaf vegetable similar to lettuce.
“…a foliated leaf vegetable, called Katch,..” ~ Tribesmen of Gor page 37
A shrub whose salty, blue secondary roots are a main ingredient in sullage.
“…and the salty, blue secondary roots of the Kes Shrub, a small, deeply rooted plant which grows best in sandy soil.”
~ Priest-Kings of Gor page 45.
Often served sliced with melted cheese and nutmeg, a large, brownish-skinned, sphere-shaped vegetable of the Tahari usually some 6 inches in width. The interior is yellowish, fibrous and heavily seeded.
“and korts, a large, brownish-skinned, thick-skinned, sphere-shaped vegetable, usually some six inches in width, the interior of which is yellowish, fibrous and heavily seeded.” ~ Tribesmen of Gor page 37
They come in two types: juicy – a segmented, succulent fruit, and hard, rather like an apple, having one pit, commonly called the pit fruit, it is sometimes sliced and fried, and served with browned honey sauce; offering a larma, real or imagined, by a slave girl to her master is a silent plea for the girl to be raped.
“I took a slice of hard larma from the tray. This is a firm, single-seeded, applelike fruit. It is quite unlike the segmented, juicy larma. It is sometimes called, and perhaps more aptly, the pit fruit, because of its large single stone.” ~ Players of Gor page 267
Yellowish, red-striped spheres.
“”Buy melons!” called a fellow next to her, lifting one of the yellowish, red-striped spheres toward me.” ~ Tribesmen of Gor page 45
Just mentioned as tiny mint sticks in a bowl
“On the tray, too, was the metal vessel which had contained the black wine, steaming and bitter, from far Thentis, famed for its tarn flocks, the small yellow-enameled cups from which we had drunk the black wine, its spoons and sugars, a tiny bowl of mint sticks, and the softened, dampened cloths on which we had wiped our fingers.” ~ Explorers of Gor page 10
No description given
“I am an Alar,” Hurtha explained. “Have a stuffed mushroom.” I pondered the likely prices of a stuffed mushroom in a black-market transaction in a war-torn district,..” ~ Mercenaries of Gor page 82
Are commonly from the City of Tor. (referred to as Torian Olives); also Red Olives which come from the groves of Tyros.
“Clitus, too, had brought two bottles of Ka-la-na wine, a string of eels, cheese of the Verr, and a sack of red olives from the groves of Tyros.” ~ Raiders of Gor page 114
No description given
“…cabbages and onions, and patches of the golden sul…”
~ Marauders of Gor page 81
From the Vosk Delta
“Other girls had prepared the repast, which, for the war camp, was sumptuous indeed, containing even oysters from the delta of the Vosk, a portion of the plunder of a tarn caravan of Ar, such delicacies having been intended for the very table of Marlenus, the Ubar of that great city itself.” ~ Captive of Gor page 301
No specific mention
“Before each guests there were tiny slices of tospit and larma, small pastries …” ~ Fighting Slave of Gor page 276
These are mentioned as a menu item, though not described
“In them were growing, small at this season, shafts ol Sa-Tarna; too, there would be peas, and beans, cabbages and onions …”
Marauders of Gor page 81
“Telima had prepared a roast tarsk, stuffed with suls and peppers from Tor.” ~ Raiders of Gor page 113
Not described in detail
“Ottar dug for the Forkbeard and my-self two radishes and we, wiping the dirt from them, ate them.” ~ Marauders of Gor page 102
Small, succulent berries.
“A guard was with us, and we were charged with filling our leather buckets with ram-berries, a small reddish fruit with edible seeds, not unlike plums save for the many small seeds.”
~ Captive of Gor, page 305
A water plant, the grain is eaten and the stems harvested and pressed into paper or woven into cloth. The pith may be boiled or ground into a paste and sweetened; this paste can also be fried into a type of pancake.
The plant has many uses besides serving as a raw product in the manufacture of rence paper. The root, which is woody and heavy, is used for certain wooden tools and utensils, which can be carved from it; also, when dried, it makes a good fuel; from the stem the rence growers can make reed boats, sails, mats, cords and the kind of fibrous cloth; further, its pith is edible, and for the rence growers is, with fish, a staple in their diet; the pith is edible both raw and cooked; some men, lost in the delta, not knowing the pith edible, have died of starvation the the midst of what was, had they known it, an almost endless abundance of food.” ~ Raiders of Gor page 7
“Most salt at Klima is white, but certain of the mines deliver red salt, red from ferrous oxide in its composition, which is called the Red Salt of Kasra, after its port of embarkation, at the juncture of the Upper and Lower Fayeen.” ~ Tribesman of Gor page 238
Also there are references to yellow salt as ‘of the south’ and on a table exist, but no other description has been found.
“I gathered, that I would sit at one of the two long side tables, and perhaps even below the bowls of red and yellow salt which divided these tables.” ~ Assassin of Gor page 86
Grain, specifically wheat, yellow, usually described as being cut in wedges
“There were great quantities of the yellow Sa-Tarna bread, in its rounded, six-part loaves.” ~ Raiders of Gor page 114
Meat; food in general.
“Interestingly enough, the word for meat is Sa-Tassna, which means Life-Mother. Incidentally, when one speaks of food in general, one always speaks of Sa-Tassna.” ~ Tarnsman of Gor page 43
A cold, unsweetened mixture of water and Sa-Tarna meal, on which slaves are fed; in Torvaldsland, it is called ‘bond-maid gruel’, and often mixed with pieces of chopped parsit fish.
“One of the smiths from below was summoned with a bowl of slave porridge, which he mixed half with water, and stirred well, so that it could be drunk. There are various porridges given to slaves and they differ. The porridges in the iron pens, however, are as ugly and tasteless a gruel, and deliberately so, as might be imagined.” ~ Assassin of Gor page 126
Much like the snails on Earth these are small slug-like creatures living inside of thin shells in the waters. often they are trapped with water inside the bilge of a ship.
“Once the Forkbeard went to her and taught her to check the scoop, with her left hand, for snails, that they not be thrown overboard. Returning to Me, He held one of the snails, whose shell He crushed between His fingers, and sucked out the animal, chewing and swallowing it. He then threw the shell fragments overboard. “They are edible,” He said, “and We use them for fish bait.” ~ Marauders of Gor page 62
A shellfish, common esp. in the Vosk river, similar to an oyster
“”They are probably false stones,” I said, “amber droplets, the pearls of the Vosk sorp, the polished shell of the Tamber clam, glass colored and cut in Ar for trade with ignorant southern peoples. “They are probably false stones,” I said, “amber droplets, the pearls of the Vosk sorp, the polished shell of the Tamber clam, glass colored and cut in Ar for trade with ignorant southern peoples.”” ~ Nomads of Gor page 20
White and yellow are commonly used
“With a tiny spoon, its tip no more than a tenth of a hort in diameter, she placed four measures of white sugar, and six of yellow, in the cup; with two stirring spoons, one for the white sugar, another for the yellow.” ~ Tribesmen of Gor page 89
Starchy, golden brown, vine borne fruit; principal ingredient in sullage, a tuberous vegetable similar to the potato; often served sliced and fried.
“The principal ingredients of Sullage are the golden Sul, the starchy, golden-brown vine-borne fruit of the golden-leaved Sul plant.” ~ Priest Kings of Gor ch 6
A soup made principally from suls, tur-pah, and kes, along with whatever else may be handy.
“First she boiled and simmered a kettle of Sullage, a common Gorean soup consisting of three standard ingredients and, as it is said, whatever else may be found, saving only the rocks of the field.” ~ Priest Kings of Gor page 44
Swift gazelle like animals known for their sweet meat and speed, the Tabuk is generally served roasted.
“Once I brought the carcass of a tabuk, one of Gor’s single-horned, yellow antelopes, which I had felled in a Ka-la-na thicket, to the hut of a peasant and his wife.” ~ Outlaw of Gor page 76
“The tabuk is the most common Gorean antelope, a small graceful animal, one-horned and yellow, that haunts the Ka- la-na thickets of the planet and occasionally ventures daintily into its meadows in search of berries and salt.” ~ Outlaw of Gor page 126
Purple fruit similar to earth grapes comes from the Isle of Cos.
“The grapes were purple and, I suppose, Ta grapes from the lower vineyards of the terraced island of Cos some four hundred pasangs from Port Kar. I had tasted some only once before, having been introduced to them in a feast given in my honor by Lara, who was Tatrix of the city of Tharna.” ~ Priest-Kings of Gor page 45
Porcine animal akin to the Earth pig, having a bristly mane which runs down its spine to the base of the tail, often roasted whole.
“Still later that afternoon some groups of small, fat, grunting, bristly, brindled, shaggy-maned, hoofed, flat-snouted, rooting animals had been herded in, also with pointed sticks, and they, too, had been guided into identical cages. We had looked out of our cage, our fingers hooked in the mesh, to other cages, some of them with girls in them, some with the fat, flat-snouted, grunting, short-legged, brindled quadrupeds. “Those are tarsks,” said one of the Gorean girls.” ~ Dancer of Gor page 108
A large carnivorous bird of the plains, is hunted and eaten by the Nomadic people of Gor. Traditionally hunted with bolos the sport lies in whether you or the bird gets to eat that night.
“…beyond them I saw one of the tumits, a large, flightless bird whose hooked beak, as long as my forearm, attested only too clearly to its gustatory habits;” ~ Nomads of Gor page 2
Yellowish-white fruit: like an Earth peach. They are bitter but edible, and are sometimes served sliced and sweetened with honey, and in syrups, and to flavor, with their juices, a variety of dishes. They are also carried on sea voyages to prevent nutritional deficiencies. They almost always have an odd number of seeds, except for the rare, long-stemmed ones. The Wagon People often bet on the number of seeds.
“…on the top of which was placed a dried tospit, a small, wrinkled, yellowish-white peachlike fruit, about the size of a plum, which grows on the tospit bush, patches of which are indigenous to the drier valleys of the western Cartius. They are bitter but edible.” ~ Nomads of Gor page 59
Grown on the oasis of the Tahari
“At the oasis will be grown a hybrid, brownish Sa-Tarna, adapted to the heat of the desert; most Sa-Tarna is yellow; and beans, berries, onions tuber suls, various sorts of melons, a foliated leaf vegetable, called Katch, and various root vegetables, such as turnips, carrots, radishes..” ~ Tribesmen of Gor p 37
An edible tree parasite with curly, red, ovate leaves; grows on the tur tree; a main ingredient in sullage.
“The principal ingredients of Sullage are the golden Sul, the starchy, golden-brown vine-borne fruit of the golden-leaved Sul plant; the curled, red, ovate leaves of the Tur-Pah, a tree parasite, cultivated in host orchards of Tur trees,…”
~ Priest Kings of Gor page 45.
A tawny-colored bird, similar to a pigeon, exists in the wild; used for meat and eggs.
“She had been carrying a wicker basket containing vulos, domesticated pigeons raised for eggs and meat.” ~ Nomads of Gor page 1
“Behind them another four haruspexes, one from each People, carried a large wooden cage, made of sticks lashed together, which contained perhaps a dozen white vulos, domesticated pigeons.” ~ Nomads of Gor page 84