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Salt & Sugar and Their Colors



It seems most of the topics here at ~The Gorean Cave~ are a result of either personally being involved in, overhearing or reading about, one argument or another and then doing the research to find out the truth.
Debates over the color of salt and sugar, especially red sugar, fall into this category. And for a topic which has been so hotly contested, the final answer is so easily found . . . simply by reading the Books.
Read now, what the Books have to say about the colors of salt and sugar.
It is not meant to be anything other than the facts of the matter.
Arrive at your own conclusions.

I wish you well,
Fogaban


This is the first mention that there are colored salts . . .
From these raids the Wagon Peoples obtain a miscellany of goods which they are willing to barter to the Turians, jewels, precious metals, spices, colored table salts, harnesses and saddles for the ponderous tharlarion, furs of small river animals, tools for the field, scholarly scrolls, inks and papers, root vegetables, dried fish, powdered medicines, ointments, perfume and women,
Nomads of Gor     Book 4     Page 57

And again . . .
To one side there was a small altar to Priest-Kings, where there burned a small fire. On this fire, at the beginning of the feast the feast steward had scattered some grains of meal, some colored salt, some drops of wine.
Nomads of Gor     Book 4     Page 89

And now we see the colors mentioned . . .
Near him, in places of honor, at a long, low table, above the bowls of yellow and red salt, on each side, sat many of the high men of Turia, clad in their finest robes, their hair oiled, scented and combed for the banquet.
Nomads of Gor     Book 4     Page 253

It had been expected, I gathered, that I would sit at one of the two long side tables, and perhaps even below the bowls of red and yellow salt which divided these tables.
Assassin of Gor     Book 5     Page 86

The red and yellow salts of the south, some of which I saw on the tables, are not domestic to Torvaldsland.
Marauders of Gor     Book 9     Page 187

The red salt of Kasra, so called from its port of embarkation, was famed on Gor.
Tribesmen of Gor     Book 10     Page 20

Most salt at Klima is white, but certain of the mines deliver red salt, red from ferrous oxide in its composition, which is called the Red Salt of Kasra.
Tribesmen of Gor     Book 10     Page 238
These are the only mentions of colored salt.

Gorean salt is White, Red or Yellow



On to the color of sugar . . .

This is the first mention of colored sugar

There was a brass ladle that Aphris and Elizabeth had used in cooking and a tin box of yellow Turian sugar,
Nomads of Gor     Book 4     Page 267

And then a couple more references . . .
With a tiny spoon, its tip no more than a tenth of a hort in diameter, she placed four measures of white sugar, and six of yellow, in the cup; with two stirring spoons, one for the white sugar, another for the yellow, she stirred the beverage after each measure.
Tribesmen of Gor     Book 10     Page 89

He sat, cross-legged, behind the low table. On it were hot bread, yellow sugars, slices of roast bosk, the scrambled eggs of vulos, pastries with creams and custards.
Beasts of Gor     Book 12     Page 20
These are the only mentions of colored sugar.

Gorean sugar is either White or Yellow



Interestingly, however, this quote mentions four sugars.
Lola now returned to the small table and, kneeling, head down, served us our dessert; slices of tospit, sprinkled with four Gorean sugars.
Rogue of Gor     Book 15     Page 132
We know there are white and yellow sugars. Could one of these other two sugars be red?
The Books just don't say.




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