I'm the kind of player who likes to know what my character eats, and I like describing food for my players. I've even been threatened with massive damage if I kept on making my hungry players' mouths water a few times, heh heh. And so since the world of Maruzar feels so alive in my imagination, I couldn't help but make a list of the stuff a Maruzarian PC could eat:
The usual staple is barsa bread, a flatbread made from the starchy piths of the barsa cane. This is supplemented with blackbread, the purplish-black cap of a common fungus. Blackbread varies widely in quality, at best being soft and nutty with meaty hints, but at its cheapest it is fibrous with a dank odor.
Breads are eaten dipped into savory stews which may contain the meat of garzah, a flightless reptavian that is the commonest meat animal on the planet, or young gannor, sand cray caught wild or cultured in underground pens, or maybe even sweet canal clams, canal crays, or cavefish. In season the meat is often game, as hunters harvest the migrating herds and fresh meat becomes plentiful. In the coastal cities there are fish and various mollusks, but more popular are the meats of certain marine reptiles.
Fungi are a major crop across Maruzar, as every city can produce them by recycling organic wastes and water. For cities without irrigated fields, fungi take the place of barsa as the primary staple. Fungus farms also provide some measure of food security when attacked, as the farms are protected underground. Many varieties are grown, and many cities boast of varieties unique to their tunnels. Some taste like cheese, or meat, or seafood, some are sweet, and some are mildly toxic, giving diners a euphoric buzz in small quantities, but are dangerous when over-indulged.
Meals are often washed down with a pale yellow wine made from mace melons, or the sweet and heady wine from thorncrown palm fruit, or foamy barsa beer. The nobility indulge in more exotic tipple such as nineflower wine, made from the nectar of nine different jungle blossoms found only near the Viridian Deep, or wines steeped with expensive spices or psychoactive fungi.
On the streets, you can find numerous stalls selling sand crays and other arthropods roasted in their shells, dumplings and buns of barsa with different mushroom fillings, bowls of noodles in soup, and skewers of grilled meat slathered with suya, a hot spicy paste made from a cactus fruit. Some meats and fish are eaten raw, with a dip of fiery dried suya or marinated in hot spiced wine.
Every Maruzarian traveler carries a pouch of dried suya powder to flavor their meals, and to treat injuries as the spice is also an excellent antiseptic and antifungal. When injured in a damp environment such as the lower tunnels, suya is vital for preventing parasitic spore infections.