Ancient Greek & Aztecs -Raylee F.
Learn about these fascinating places and their foods!
Yum! Did someone say Chocolate?
The Aztecs had lots of great gifts and chocolate was one of the most loved ones. They drank it, harvested it, and they even used it to exchange with others for money or animals that could be domesticated. Back then, the Aztecs didn’t have sugar to make their chocolate, so instead of using sugar to make the drink, they used spices, peppers, and corn meal. They always drank it cold! For the rich, this was drunk at anytime. The poor only drank chocolate for a special occasion like a sacrifice or a party.
The Greeks would only get chocolate once in awhile because of how far away it was. If the Greeks wanted to make chocolate into a drink, usually they would make it with water instead of milk. They didn't make it with milk because drinking milk was considered barbaric or cruel. The poor would get chocolate three to four times a year and the rich would have it every so often. -copyright Hunt P. Dark Chocolate. 2013. Electrum Magazine - Why The Past Matters/Greek. Web. 21 Mar. 2016.
Time to Party! What are we going to eat?
The Aztecs would eat Mexican foods during celebrations. Most of the time they just drank water. One very famous meal that they ate was a tortilla wrap which included duck, turkey, and any kind of vegetable. To make the wrap spicier, some Aztecs would use red cactus sauce to put on it and the poor would eat worms and crickets in their tortilla. The Aztecs would keep dogs for a pet, fatten it up, and then kill it so they could eat it for celebrations like this. One more famous meal of the Aztecs is a Mixiotes, which is an Aztec/Mexican dish. The meat is usually rabbit meat and they used red cactus sauce on this too.
The Greeks had celebrations almost every week and would sacrifice meats like boar, deer and hare. The appetizers would commonly be gruel (a thin type of liquid oatmeal), bread, figs, olives and cheese made from fresh goat milk, and for their main meal, they would eat roasted pig stuffed with ducks, oysters, and eggs. Finally, for the desert, they would have bread, cakes, and porridge made from barley which grew in Greece. They loved wine, but it had to be watered down because it was considered barbaric to drink it straight. On the last day of winter, they would have a huge celebration to welcome spring, and they would eat salad, noodles, and seafood including squid.
The New Fire Ceremony
Putting out Home Fires All through the Aztec World. Mexicolore. Web. 23 Mar. 2016.
Mixiotes Aztec Food
Mixiotes Aztec Food. Aztec-History.com. Web. 23 Mar. 2016
Ancient Greek Feasts
Ancient Greek Men Are Entertained by Female Performers at a Feast. Ten Things To Know about Greece. Web. 23 Mar. 2016.
The New Fire Ceremony
Farming! What do you want to plant?
Farming was the main thing that women would do all day in the Aztec civilization. Since their diet was partly plant-based foods, they would usually harvest corn, tomatoes, zucchini, squash, pumpkins, potatoes, beans, peas, peppers, sweet potatoes and beets. They also went out to harvest prickly, pear cactus which was called Nopal. The poor ate some vegetables too, but they ate insects and insect eggs with it. Algae was also picked up from places and used with different vegetables and foods. Slaves were usually the ones who gathered all the crops for the people in the Aztec civilization.
Farming was part of what they did all day long during the Greek's time. They would grow vegetables and fruits during spring and summer. One favorite fruit that they would always grow were grapes. They would pick these grapes to make wine. Some other crops that they grew were mostly just corn and greens. Although the Greeks planted crops all day long, they ever didn’t think it was very fun. -copyright Maize-The Aztec Food Grain. Aztec-History.com. Web. 23 Mar. 2016.
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“Cóttrill C., Jaime. "Aztec Food." AZTEC-HISTORY.com. Web. 2016.
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