Maize (also called corn or mealies) was the staple grain of the Aztec empire. Maize has been domesticated for thousands of years, and it likely first came into common use in Mexico, spreading to the rest of the world from there.
Aztec food also included beans and squash. Of course, maize and beans are still a cornerstone of the Mexican diet, a healthy combination especially if you're not eating a lot of meat.
One of the greatest gifts to the world from Mexico is chocolate. The cocoa bean was highly treasured in the Aztec Empire. In fact, the bean was used as a currency, as well as Aztec food. Or, in this case, drink. The cocoa beans were used to make a thick chocolate drink, but far different than the hot chocolate we know today.
One of the primary crops that the Aztec people grew was corn, or maize, which they used to prepare a wide variety of other foods. The Aztecs relied so heavily on corn because it supplied a good amount of calories to sustain life, and was also a source of protein, which the people needed to support their physically active lives.
Beans were another food staple in the Aztec diet because they, like corn, were a good source of protein. According to Smith, beans were served at every meal in the Aztec culture.
The Aztec people grew a variety of fruits and vegetables, which provided them with key vitamins and minerals that they needed to support their active lives and their good health.
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