Lore:Dunmer Cuisine

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The Dunmer have learned over the ages to live in harmony with the inhospitable landscape of Morrowind, which is largely unsuited to agriculture. The dark volcanic terrain makes farming and hunting difficult. They gather kwama eggs, cultivate crops of ash yams, and maintain herds of domesticated guar, from which they harvest meat and hides. A wide variety of drinks also feature in Dunmer cuisine, made from saltrice and native fruits.[1]:13

Sundials fashioned from shalk resin are used to keep track of cooking times in more complicated Dunmer recipes.[2]

Baked Goods[edit]

Name Description Image
Bread Bread in Morrowind is usually baked from saltrice flour.[3] Ash yams and wickwheat can also be used to make bread.[4] Wickwheat toast can be topped with scrib jelly for a delicious breakfast.[5]
Cabbage Biscuits A dish from Balmora, cabbage biscuits make use of scrib cabbage. Heavily textured, but lightly flavored, they are a great base for a variety of toppings or as an accompaniment to a hearty soup.[1]:79
Cabbage Biscuits
Frog Muffins Muffins of Redoran origin that contain frog meat.[6] The recipe calls for:
  • 1 stone of ground frog meat
  • A hand and a half of rice flour
  • A cube of baker's yeast
  • A pinch of pepper
  • A sprig of thyme
The Hound and Rat A meat pie of Redoran origin.[7] The recipe calls for:
  • 1 pie crust
  • 1 pound of ground meat (mixed rat and hound)
  • A hand and a half of cooked saltrice
  • 1 handful of scuttle
  • 1 small kwama egg
  • A pinch of ash salts
Indoril Radish Tartlets A pastry made from radishes with an origin in Great House Indoril.[8]
Kwama Egg Quiche Originally from Vvardenfell, this recipe traveled with Dunmer fleeing Morrowind after Red Mountain's eruption and has been well received throughout much of Tamriel, albeit with various regional tweaks to the ingredient list. The lightly seasoned filling and crisp crust can satisfy even the pickiest palate.[1]:125
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Marshmerrow Cake Marshmerrow Cakes are sweet treats that can be dusted with powdered pearl and sugar.[9]
Spiced Root Cake Trama root (and other root vegetables, such as mandrake and corkbulb) can be used to bake a spiced root cake.[1]:153


Name Description Image
Alma's Bone-Mend Blend A fragrant medicinal tea that blends Tum'ja pekoe, willow anther distillate, corkbulb, and bonemeal. It reduces the pain and duration of bone injuries.[10]
Ancient Dagoth Brandy Distilled by House Dagoth in the First Era. Upon the resurrection of the House by the forces of Dagoth Ur in the late Third Era, the few remaining samples of the brandy came to light. An ash vampire described the brew as a rare nectar beyond compare.[11] It makes the imbiber feel stronger, but reduces their ability to think and move at a reasonable pace.[12] Special snifters were specifically designed to serve Ancient Dagoth Brandy, which concentrated the bouquet and intensified the flavor.[13]
Emberbrand Wine A powerful and highly addictive wine produced on Solstheim in the Fourth Era. Most men can barely finish one flask without falling asleep.[14] Crushed jazbay is used in the brewing process.[15]
Flin An expensive and stimulating Cyrodilic whiskey popular in Morrowind, though imported. It has none of the unpleasant side effects experienced from imbibing other alcoholic beverages. Most people feel stronger and experience a boost in willpower after drinking flin.[16] The flin trade is profitable and managed by the East Empire Company.[17]
Gingergreen Chai A Dunmer chai tea made from bittergreen and ginger.[18]
Greef A cheap[19] comberry brandy native to Morrowind.[20]
Kaveh A coffee drink, the Dunmer flavor their version with comberry and lemon. It may be served in cornerclubs.[21]
Mazte A cheap[19] beer brewed from fermented saltrice that is native to Morrowind.[22][23]
Mournhold Twister A drink originating from Mournhold, it combines bittergreen and honey.[24]
Muthsera's Remorse Tea brewed with bittergreen and metheglin.[25]
Shein A cheap[19] comberry wine native to Morrowind.[26] Dunmer prefer it to be bitter and sour, and have a warm ruddy color.[27]
Spiced Skinpeel Simmer Medicinal tea derived from Rolmu broken-black pekoe and steeped in a paste made from purified water, grated grahl skin, scrib jelly, and Daedra heart. Aids in relieving all manner of skin ailments.[10]
Sujamma A cheap,[19] bitter liquor native to Morrowind.[22] It is extremely potent, resulting in elevated spirits and increased strength and stamina, but reduced stamina regeneration and vastly reduced intelligence.[28] A Dunmer named Geldis Sadri, who lived in Raven Rock in the Fourth Era, created his own, more potent sujamma formula which he claimed tasted better.[29] Sujamma is occasionally mixed with scrib-jelly and served as shot.[30]
Telvanni Tea Tea is brewed from lotus flowers and acai berries before being sweetened with honey.[31]
Trama Root Tea The thick, bitter-tasting root of the trama shrub is used to brew a calming tea with modest magical properties.[32]
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Velothi Malbec A dark red wine mingled with the flavors of mint and ginkgo.[33]
Wickwheat Ale[34] Ale brewed using wickwheat.

Fruits and Vegetables[edit]

Name Description Image
Bittergreen Safe and nourishing when boiled, though highly toxic if eaten raw.[22][35] It is often used to make tea.[36]
Ash Yam The ash yam is a tough tuberous root vegetable with modest magical properties that thrives in the Ascadian Isles. It is one of the few vegetables that thrive in Morrowind's climate. They are commonly baked.[37] Some of the Dunmer who fled Morrowind after Red Mountain's eruption packed ash yams for the journey and introduced them to Skyrim. Some Nords have taken a liking to the vegetable, adding their own distinct flavors to a common recipe for baked ash yams.[1]:45

Ash yams can be ground to make falafel.[38]

Hackle-lo A hardy, succulent and edible leafy green. A reliable year-round vegetable, it can be eaten cooked or raw.[22] It is prized both for its taste and its roborative properties.[39]
Hackle-lo leaf
Melon Honeydew can be used in small, savory appetizers.[40] Peppered melon is apparently popular with House Redoran.[41]
Hypha Facia A fungus collected from the tree trunks in Vvardenfell's Bitter Coast.[42]
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Marshmerrow Marshmerrow's sweet pulp is a delectable foodstuff, and it has modest magical properties when eaten fresh or prepared.[43] Marshmerrow is an important cash crop of the farms and plantations in the Ascadian Isles of Vvardenfell.[3]

Marshmerrow can be made into hluurn or echar.[44]:147

Pickled Pumpkin Pumpkin that has been preserved by pickling it in various seasonings.[45]
Saltrice Saltrice is a staple of Dunmer cuisine, and is one of the biggest export crops by Morrowind's farmers and plantation owners.[46] It can be eaten as a cooked porridge[1]:65 mixed with scuttle.[22] Most saltrice in the Empire comes from southeastern Morrowind, but there are also some prospering farms and plantations in the Ascadian Isles. Saltrice also grows wild in the Grazelands and on Azura's Coast in Vvardenfell.[3]

Saltrice can be made into risotto.[47] One variation of saltrice risotto is made using four types of Balmoran mushrooms.[1]:51

Saltrice Porridge
Urgandil A crop that can be made into a type of food called vverm.[44]:147
Wickwheat A wild Ashland grain that is often used as an ingredient in foods such as bread.[48]

Meat, Cheese, and Fish[edit]

Name Description Image
Ash Hopper Ash Hopper meat is used for a variety of meals, such as dumplings served on scathecraw.[49] Their legs are also eaten.
Ash Hopper Meat
Ash Hopper Leg
Bantam Guar Chicken-like reptiles that are raised for their meat and eggs. Bantam guar hash can be cooked with saltrice and beets.[50]
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Beetle-Cheese Poutine A dish made with root vegetables as well as beetle flesh and cheese.[51]
Blackened Snake Hearts A dish made from snake heart. It was commonly served in the Ebonheart.[30]
Crab Meat and Scuttle A dish of Redoran origin.[7] The recipe calls for:
  • 2 handfuls of scuttle
  • 4 pinches of wickwheat
  • 1 large kwama egg
  • The meat of one mudcrab (two portions)
  • 1 handful of chopped bittergreen
Cliff Racer Cliff racer meat can be stewed to make a ragout.[52]
Guar Meat from the domesticated guar is one of the most popular sources of protein in Morrowind.[22]
Horse Horses are uncommon in Morrowind, as they do not adapt well to the terrain. However, the Dunmer find horse meat delicious.[UOL 1] Jerked horse haunch is popular in Dunmeri households.[53]
Horse Haunch
Hound Meat Nix-hound flesh. The meat is sweet and tender, and has modest magical properties.[54] The Ashlanders commonly use it to make chili.[55]
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Kwama Eggs Kwama eggs are a staple for the Dunmer, and one of the most common sources of protein in Morrowind.[22]

Kwama eggs are popular throughout the Empire because they stay fresh for a long time. They are a rich, nutritious foodstuff with modest magical properties.[56]

They are eaten on their own like normal eggs and made into a variety of meals. They can be made into omelettes[57] or cooked into a quiche,[58] among other culinary uses. Eaten boiled, roasted, or raw, kwama eggs remain fresh for weeks.[59]

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Mudcrab Vvardenfell's mudcrabs are prized for their sweet crab meat. The flesh of the mudcrab is tasty and possesses modest magical properties.[60]
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Oxen Meatballs Meat of Oxen which is mixed with saltrice to form a meatball.[61]
Rat Meat Meat from the giant cave rats found on Vvardenfell. Tough, greasy meat with an unpleasant odor. It is cheap, abundant, and nutritious, and palatable when cooked in a stew and masked by strong spices.[62] Rat meat has moderate alchemical properties.[63]
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Scuttle A cheese-like, greasy substance made from the flesh of local beetles that is remarkably tasty, and has modest magical properties.[64] It can be cooked into soup.[65]
Scrib Scribs are a larval form of the kwama. They are traditionally impaled to wooden plates by culinary spikes and eaten alive,[66] but pupal scribs are sometimes roasted over an open fire.[67] Crushed scribs produce a nutritious but sour-tasting gelatin with modest magical properties that is resoundingly popular among the Dunmer.[68] Scrib jerky is made by cutting scribs cut into strips and drying them in the sun. Scrib jerky has modest magical properties, and tastes scarcely worse when spoiled than when fresh. It is a practical foodstuff for the hardy native traveler.[69] Scrib can be curried and cooked into risotto.[70]

Soups and Stews[edit]

Name Description Image
Cabbage Soup Soup made from scrib cabbage and saltrice.[71]
Crab Meat Stew A dish of Redoran origin.[6] The recipe calls for:
  • 2 handfuls of crab meat
  • 1 mug of stock
  • 3 pinches of garlic
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 handful of ground oats
Horker and Ash Yam Stew A stew eaten by Dunmer on Solstheim. As the name suggests it uses horker meat, ash yams and garlic.[72]
Horker and Ash Yam Stew
Lava Foot Soup-And-Saltrice A seasonal meal enjoyed during the New Life Festival. The recipe calls for saltrice, root vegetables, scrib jelly, and flour. A good serving of this soup keeps the scrib on the surface of the broth.[73]
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Ochre Mash A seasoned ochre colored mash made from pumpkins and carrots.[74]
Porridge Porridge is a meal common among the Dunmer of the House Redoran.[75]


Food and Drinks[edit]

Dishes and Cookware[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g The Elder Scrolls: The Official Cookbook — Chelsea Monroe-Cassel
  2. ^ Shalk-Resin Window Sundial item description in ESO
  3. ^ a b c The Alchemist's Formulary
  4. ^ Vvardenfell Ash Yam Loaf recipe in ESO
  5. ^ Barilzar's JournalBarilzar, Apprentice to Sotha Sil
  6. ^ a b Redoran Cooking Secrets
  7. ^ a b Redoran Cooking Secrets — Dinara Othrelas
  8. ^ Indoril Radish Tartlets recipe in ESO
  9. ^ Pearl-Dusted Marshmerrow Cakes item description in ESO
  10. ^ a b Teas and Tisanes for Aches and PainsTilenra Sildreth
  11. ^ Dagoth Endus's dialogue in Morrowind
  12. ^ Effects of drinking Ancient Dagoth Brandy in Morrowind
  13. ^ Ancient Dagoth Brandy Snifter item description in ESO
  14. ^ Captain Veleth's dialogue in Dragonborn
  15. ^ Geldis Sadri's conversations with Drovas in Dragonborn
  16. ^ Generic dialogue on the subject of flin in Morrowind
  17. ^ Generic dialogue on the subject of the East Empire Company in Morrowind
  18. ^ Vivec's Gingergreen Chai recipe in ESO
  19. ^ a b c d Generic dialogue on the topic of Food in Morrowind
  20. ^ Generic dialogue on the subject of greef in Morrowind
  21. ^ Cornerclub Kaveh recipe in ESO
  22. ^ a b c d e f g Generic dialogue on the topic of Food in Morrowind in Morrowind
  23. ^ Generic dialogue on the subject of mazte in Morrowind
  24. ^ Mournhold Twister recipe in ESO
  25. ^ Muthsera's Remorse recipe in ESO
  26. ^ Generic dialogue on the subject of shein in Morrowind
  27. ^ From the notes of Adolos Darethi, Shein connoisseurAdolos Darethi
  28. ^ Generic dialogue on the subject of sujamma in Morrowind
  29. ^ Geldis Sadri's dialogue in Dragonborn
  30. ^ a b Elam Drals dialogue during Dark Brotherhood Contracts in ESO
  31. ^ Telvanni Tea recipe in ESO
  32. ^ Trama Root description in Morrowind
  33. ^ Velothi View Vintage Malbec recipe in ESO
  34. ^ Narsis Wickwheat Ale in ESO
  35. ^ A Game at Dinner — An Anonymous Spy
  36. ^ Recipes that use Bittergreen in ESO
  37. ^ Raven Rock Baked Ash Yams recipe in ESO
  38. ^ Grapes and AshYam Falafel recipe in ESO
  39. ^ Hackle-Lo Leaf description in Morrowind
  40. ^ Deshaan Honeydew Hors D'Ouevre recipe in ESO
  41. ^ Redoran Peppered Melon recipe in ESO
  42. ^ Hypha Facia description in Morrowind
  43. ^ Generic dialogue on the subject of marshmerrow in Morrowind
  44. ^ a b Keyes, Greg. Lord of Souls. Del Rey Books, 2011.
  45. ^ Kragenmoor Pickled Pumpkin recipe in ESO
  46. ^ Saltrice description in Morrowind
  47. ^ House Hlaalu Pumpkin Risotto recipe in ESO
  48. ^ Wickwheat description in Morrowind
  49. ^ Ash-Hopper Dumplings on Scathecraw in ESO
  50. ^ Narsis Bantam Guar Hash recipe in ESO
  51. ^ Necrom Beetle-Cheese Poutine recipe in ESO
  52. ^ Vvardenfell Cliff Racer Ragout recipe in ESO
  53. ^ Dunmeri Jerked Horse Haunch recipe in ESO
  54. ^ Generic dialogue on the subject of hound meat in Morrowind
  55. ^ Ashlander Nix-Hound Chili recipe in ESO
  56. ^ Generic dialogue on the subject of kwama eggs in Morrowind
  57. ^ Kwama Egg Omelet in ESO
  58. ^ Kwama Egg Quiche in ESO
  59. ^ Generic dialogue on the subject of Eggmines in Morrowind
  60. ^ Generic dialogue on the subject of crab meat in Morrowind
  61. ^ Blacklight Oxen Meatballs recipe in ESO
  62. ^ Generic dialogue on the subject of rat meat in Morrowind
  63. ^ Rat Meat properties in Morrowind
  64. ^ Generic dialogue on the subject of scuttle in Morrowind
  65. ^ Ordinator's Beetle-Cheese Soup recipe in ESO
  66. ^ Set of Kwama Scrib Dining Spikes item description in ESO
  67. ^ Mirri Elendis' dialogue in ESO
  68. ^ Generic dialogue on the subject of scrib jelly in Morrowind
  69. ^ Generic dialogue on the subject of scrib jerky in Morrowind
  70. ^ Curried Kwama Scrib Risotto recipe in ESO
  71. ^ Velothi Cabbage Soup recipe in ESO
  72. ^ Horker and Ash Yam Stew in Skyrim
  73. ^ Lava Foot Soup-And-Saltrice recipe and item description in ESO
  74. ^ Ashlander Ochre Mash recipe in ESO
  75. ^ Fancy Redoran Porridge Bowl item description in ESO

Note: The following references are considered to be unofficial sources. They are included to round off this article and may not be authoritative or conclusive.

  1. ^ Gary Noonan's Post about horses in Morrowind