What kind of food (throughout the book) do the boys eat in Lord of the Flies?I need to prepare a meal typical of what may be eaten on the island. I know they had fruit and pig, but what kind of...

What kind of food (throughout the book) do the boys eat in Lord of the Flies?

I need to prepare a meal typical of what may be eaten on the island. I know they had fruit and pig, but what kind of fruit would it have been. I do not remember them saying the actual fruits in the book.

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

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There is plenty of food available to the castaway boys on the island in Lord of the Flies, but they literally live and die for the meat of the pig that is found there. With all of the fish and crustaceans from the sea at their disposal, roast pig is what many of them seem to live for. There is also plenty of fruit, but it is rarely identified. Specific foods mentioned in the novel include:

  • pig
  • coconuts
  • nuts
  • bananas
  • an "olive-grey, jelly-like fruit"
  • crab

Additionally, the boys may have eaten dates from the various palms. There is mention of "small animals" which could also have been eaten, as well as various birds. Of course, there is also the repeated mention of the conch shell, so conch was probably in abundance, though there is no evidence the boys actually ate any.

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rmhope | College Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

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The most abundant food on the island was fruit. There were groves of fruit trees, and the littluns spent most of their days eating more or less non-stop. The fruits aren't named, but tropical fruits like star fruits, genip, sea grapes, bananas, and chellomello would be representative of the types of fruit on such an island. If you are trying to simulate these fruits, you could use grapes, cherries, and kiwi; you can find star fruit in most supermarkets. You can also find unusual varieties of bananas (or plantains), so that could be a fun thing to try. 

Palm trees are mentioned often in the book. Different varieties of palms grow different varieties of fruits. We think of coconuts, but many softer fruits grow on palm trees (see the link below). Dates are from palms. We thinki of them as dried fruits; however, the boys were not drying their fruits, but simply eating them right from the tree, sometimes before they were even ripe. Some palm fruits you may be able to find at a grocery store (depending on where you live) are acai berries, jubaea, butia, and peach palm fruit.

You have mentioned pig, so having some pulled pork would be a way to represent that part of the menu.

In chapter 4, the diet is described as "fruit and nuts, with an odd crab or fish." So you could add crab meat and a smaller fish like orange roughy. For nuts, almonds would be a good choice. 

Chapter 9 shows Jack's feast; they ate on palm leaves and drank from coconut shells. It is easy to find coconut water in supermarkets now, or you can get actual coconuts. 

Have fun with your meal! 

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