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Encyclopedia > Gruel

Gruel is a type of preparation consisting of some type of cereal boiled in water or milk. It is similar to porridge, but is more often drunk than eaten. Historically, gruel has often been an important part of the human diet, especially that of the poor. The importance of gruel as a form of sustenance has been lessened in modern times. This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...

Maize gruels were once one of the main food sources for many Mesoamerican peoples, such as the Maya and Aztecs. Atolli was a preparation of ground maize that was often flavored with chili, salt and could be drunk both as an important calorie source as well as a refreshing thirst quencher. “Corn” redirects here. ... The Maya people are a Native American people of southern Mexico and northern Central America. ... The Aztecs is a collective term used for all of the Pre-Columbian Mesoamerican peoples under the control of the Mexica, founders of Tenochtitlan, and their two principal allies, who built an extensive empire in the late Postclassic period in the 14th, 15th and 16th centuries in Central Mexico. ... Traditional cornstarch-based Mexican hot drink. ... The chili pepper, or more simply just chili, is the fruit of the plant Capsicum from the nightshade family, Solanaceae. ...

In Sweden gruel is often given to small children; rarer among adults.

Gruel: Food of semi liquid form cooked in a large vat resting upon a wood fire. Most often served in a bowl with a large wooden ladle. Gruel is more often drunk directly from the bowl without the aid of utensils.

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Ask Mr Breakfast -- What is gruel and did orphans really eat it? (340 words)
Gruel is basically a thin porridge or soup.
Gruel was served to orphans as an economic necessity.
Unfortunatly, Dickens and his ilk often used gruel as a metephor for cruelty.
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