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A Tudor Feast - Boar's Head

Boar's Head

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No feast was complete without the decorated head of a wild boar.

Rich people used to spend their spare time hunting deer and wild boar.

The head was saved for a special occasion. It was boiled, baked and decorated. The decorations included fat piped over it, as well as an apple or a lemon stuck in its mouth.

The boar's head was placed on a bed of bay leaves, and this one has dates and apricots around it too.

At Christmas rosemary was added to the boar's head decorations because this herb represented Jesus.