Seeds. The 2018 Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery

For our 2018 Symposium, we invite imaginative papers that think about seeds in the widest and broadest sense. Perhaps you might consider the many cuisines of seeds, from the sesame sweets of the Middle East to the myriad dals of India. Pulses (or legumes), nuts and grains are all seeds, while seed oils (notably from soya beans) have become one of the most consumed sources of calories in the world. Seeds also have a rich symbolism, from the pomegranate seeds of Persephone in Greek myth to the parable of the sower in Matthew 13 in The Bible. Seeds have been used to celebrate birth, marriage, death and resurrection from the wheat grains of Greek funeral foods to the buried almond in Swedish Christmas porridge.


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