Just to preface: no, I do not believe in humorism.

I was watching a show a few years ago where the hosts ate food from different time periods. They remarked how pork and applesauce were an odd combination (though delicious) which came about because of humorism, where apples and pork represented two different humors.

Intrigued, I have repeatedly attempted to look up more information on the various humors associated with foods. I have found lists in places, with no sources to back them up (which makes me suspicious). I have spoken with historians and museum curators who say that such books exist, but they haven't the foggiest where to find them.

As near as I can find, it is generally agreed that food was associated with specific humors. But I can not find any scholarly texts on the subject, nor can I find lists of foods associated with the various humors which actually can date itself back to when humorism was still in vogue.

What intrigues me is how the associations for foodstuffs may have changed over the centuries, and how assignments were made for new foodstuffs. Food-associated humorism was a very long running theory, how did it change over time, specifically with how the foods themselves were perceived?

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    This may be a better fit for Seasoned Advice SE, the food site.
    – Tom Au
    Aug 13, 2017 at 23:39
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    I think the association of particular foods with particular humours goes back to Galen. You might want to look at Galen: On the Properties of Foodstuffs as a starting point. Aug 14, 2017 at 0:04
  • @TomAu already tried there to no avail.
    – Broklynite
    Aug 14, 2017 at 7:55
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    @MarkC.Wallace I have altered it to bring it a bit more in line I think.
    – Broklynite
    Aug 14, 2017 at 8:09
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    I think the revised question is in scope.
    – MCW
    Aug 14, 2017 at 11:30


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