Some products imported into Boston, Lincs in the 15th century.
The town was home to 14 different guilds, so plenty of mercantile nouveau-riches here, I guess. [and the tallest parish church in the country]
List copied courtesy of Ali Naylor at Boston Borough Council.
Ø Swords, Helmets, Monumental brasses
Ø Currants, Figs, Apricots, Dates,
Now I know that I'd rather eat dates, currants, rice and almonds, cooked in accordance with some fab recipes, than mouldy rotting fruit, or rancid meat. Especially during Advent & Lent. And remember that all fishes swim! [ it was common knowlege that during times of fast and abstinence when preserved herring & dried stockfish was a staple that wine & ale consumption increased accordingly! ]
Pm for more useful stuff!