Herbs & Spices
Basil, Bay leaves, Cayenne pepper, Pepper corn, Cinnamon
sticks, Cloves-whole, Garlic-granules, Ginger root-dried, Mustard
seed-whole, Nutmeg-whole, Pepper-crushed red, Rose hips-seedless,
these are the more common and the list would change with the area
one is living in.
La Compagnie: Vanilla bean was a favorite of the officers on
New France. A blend of coffee and vanilla for a correct drink
French Officer: choice of government and fur trade officials in
New France, a special blend. 1650-1780.
Santa Fe Trail: Used through out the S/W of N. America, a blend
of coffee and chocolate. 1760-1830.
El Capitan: Spanish Governors to Army Officers of the S/W along
with fur trade Factors involved with the Santa Fe trade, favored
this coffee. 1600-1850.
From the Colonies (manuf in N. Amer.): A collection of beans
and nuts blended to the common manís taste. Used through out the
Coffee Beans (Green /not roasted ): Coffee beans have been
imported from the coffee capitals of the world, for centuries by
the English, French, Spanish and American ships, taken to their
home ports. Brazil , Columbia , Guatemala , Mexico and Salvador
where the most popular ports.
Brick single-tile; Pressed cured blocks of tea, from Yunnan
province, used as a currency for hundreds of years, traded in
Europe and N. America in the earliest markets known.
Gun powder; Course granulation tea that resembles cannon
powder, a quarter teaspoon in a 1/2 pt of boiling water produces a
pleasant cup of tea.
Hyson; Small leaf green tea, name means "bright
spring", a good period tea for any camp.
Bohea; Black orange pekoe, many recipes for this tea can be
found through out history, was a very popular trade item, found on
most supply lists.
China Black; The tea that started the "Tea Trade" in
Europe and is still a leader today, in markets around the world.
Maple sugar (bag), Maple sugar (cake), brown cane sugar
"Havana Brown", Muscavado-cone, Cone sugar-piloncillo,
"Hat" * of sugar (paper wrp), Round block sugar, Spiced
chocolate, Chocolate (ibarra), Muscavado (in corn husk)
* is though that this is where the term "Iíll eat my
hat" originated, wrapped in blue paper that can be used in
dying cloth goods.
(piloncillo and ibarra are still molded in the same design form
as the originals in a museum in Santa Fe, NM)
Sea salt (sun dried), Orsa salt (sun dried)
English walnuts (meats), Pignolia (pine nuts), Sun flower seed
(raw), Spanish peanuts (raw), Pumpkin seeds (raw).
Apples, Peaches, Pears
Buffalo, Elk, Antelope, Bear and any other available that could
I provided this list to give you a few ideas of
what was available back then. A little hint, check your natural
food sources for many of these items seen here. Thanks to the
organic food growers of today you can match like items used my our