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Mayans Agriculture and Food: What foods did they grow and hu

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Kelly Daley

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Mayans Agriculture and Food: What foods did they grow and hunt? What methods did they use to grow food?
How and what the Mayan's Hunted
In the Mayan culture, the males were the hunters. They used bows and arrows to hunt domesticated and wild animals.
The Mayans hunted:

Monkeys (sometimes)

The Mayans also caught fish with nets, and hunted birds with guns.

What Methods Did The Mayans Use to Grow Food?
The Mayans used a method called Milpa, also known as Slash and Burn, for farming. The Mayans would cut and burn all of the plants in the spring before the summer rains came along. The Mayans would then dig or poke little holes in the ground and plant the seeds in them. The ground would only be able to produce an abundance of crops for a few years. This is the Slash and Burn technique.

What Foods Did The Mayans Grow and Hunt?


The Mayan's central ingredients are beans, maize, and squash.
Fun Fact:
Teosinte is an ancestor of maize. Although they don't look alike, there's only about a 5 gene difference, meaning that they are actually very similar.
The Mayans grew:

Another farming technique used was terracing. The Mayans would build walls out of stone or rock to flatten out mountainous areas.
The majority of the crops that the Mayans grew were for eating. A small portion was made into clothing dyes and made into chewing gum made from a tree known as the Sapodilla tree. Another portion went to making medicines to help heal them.
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