Real Pirate Cuisine

When you think of pirates and their lifestyles what do you think they ate? Potatoes? Meat? Would you be surprised if we told you that during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries pirates were able to eat fresh meat, vegetables, cheese, eggs, and fish for the first few weeks of most voyages? Well it’s true!

Real Pirate Cuisine

Real Pirate Cuisine
Pirates also kept live animals on board the pirate ship, such as chicken and cows for their eggs and milk, respectively, until the supplies set aside to feed them ran low. They would then kill and eat the animals one by one to prolong the availability of fresh food. Once this was done, however, the staple foods were beans, pulses, sea biscuits, dried fruit (if they were lucky), and salted meat and fish.

Pirate Cuisine When Times Were Hard
When times were really hard pirates would enjoy bone soup, a notorious delicacy. Some say that bone soup was made with the bones of pirates enemies, but in actual fact it was made with the bones of the deceased livestock from the beginning of the voyage. The legend was enough to scare sailors, though!

Sickness from Pirate Cuisine
Due to the lack of fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as poor sanitation, disease and illness were common on board every ship. In fact dysentery, malnutrition, and diarrhoea were common causes of death among pirates. And scurvy was a notorious scourge of buccaneers that made their gums raw and swollen, their immune system weak, and could end in an untimely death!

Pirate Cuisine on the Marigalante Pirate Ship in Puerto Vallarta
Thankfully for modern day pirates, however, the supplies of the Marigalante pirate ship in Puerto Vallarta are always fresh, plentiful and varied. You won’t see a sea single biscuit on the whole ship we promise, but if you like surf ‘n’ turf then you’ll definitely be glad to be aboard. While the Marigalante pirate cruise aims to give you an authentic pirate experience, we promise we’ll give you much better food to go with all the sun, sea, and fun!