More Liana Posted January 14, 2019 Report Share Posted January 14, 2019 12 hours ago, AngusMactavish said: I was shocked when I found out that corn was not the main staple in their diet. "Known to the Aztecs as huāuhtli, amaranth is thought to have represented up to 80% of their energy consumption before the Spanish conquest." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amaranth Amaranth, a primary source of protein (the "energy consumption" you quote) was the staple in the ancient diet prior to the domestication of corn. Amaranth was a weed, prior to its own domestication, and was gathered by the then hunters and gatherers of this ancient land. There was no agriculture in what later became Mexico, until corn was domesticated--somewhere between 7 and 10 thousand years ago. And those ancient folks weren't Aztecs, but I don't have the energy to go there tonight. Just take my word for it for now. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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