Oldest Recipe Found in Egypt Written in Greek

The oldest written recipe found in Egypt is dated approximately the year 300 AD. A recipe for red lentils, it was written on papyrus in the Greek language.

The Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities has released a new video on the history of cooking in Egypt, showing the oldest known recipe in the North African country. It turns out that the recipe from the third century was either written there by a person who knew the Greek language or perhaps that the piece of papyrus with the recipe had originally come from Greece.

The ancient Egyptians had eaten lentils since prehistoric times, around 4000 BC. However, the fact that the lentil recipe is written in Greek indicates that it was a part of the Greek diet.