Food and Cooking

By Rachel and Lisa

These are the questions you might ask about the Aztecs:external image 11.36.58maizsweet.jpg

Q. What are the Aztecs' main dishes?
A. Some of the main dishes were tlaxcalli (tortilla), tamales (which is a maize husk with a meat filling), and gruel.

Q.What did they use to cook?
A. They used a cooking stove called comalli. Comalli is made of wood, stones, and clay.
Q. What did they grow and hunt? Where? Who?
A. The Aztecs grew and ate maize, which is a type of a corn, tomatoes, onions, fruits, avocados, beans, peanuts, squash, and peppers. Maize and tomatoes were the most important crops for the Aztecs.
Aztec farmers farmed in the swamps or marshes or Lake Texcoco. And because they farmed in Lake Texcoco, the Aztecs also ate some of the creatures from Lake Texcoco: snails, fish, turtles, and frogs.
Only the nobles were allowed to hunt, and most of the Aztec people spent their life time farming.
The hunters hunted for ducks, turkey, geese, rabbit, dogs, iguana, and deers.
Even insects were harvested. The Aztecs harvested and ate worms and grasshoppers.

Q. What did they drink?
A. Aztecs drank an alcohol called pulque. Pulque is made from maguey, which is a plant that is used for food. They also drank octil, which is made of maguey, too. But octil was reserved strictly for nobles. Most of the Aztecs drank the fermented juice which comes from a century plant.
Rich people drank chocolates.
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Q. What kind of food did they eat?
A. The Aztecs ate rich and spicy food.

Q. How many meals were eaten in a day? When?
A. The Aztecs ate twice a day and the main meal was eaten during the hottest part of the day.

Q. What did the Aztecs use to farm with?
A. They used a digging stick made of wood. It has a pointy end. And the digging stick was used as a hoe.

Q. What did they used to store food?
A. The Aztecs used a clay pot to use store food. The clay pot is made of clay and it has a little design on it.

Annotated Bibliography

"Aztec History." This website has good informations about how the Aztecs lived. On the main website there are some informations about how the Ancient Aztecs migrated to Mexico. To find good informations about the Aztecs, find Aztec History Articles on the right side of the website and then scroll down. There are about 30 categories. Click on the category you would like to learn about. These categories were very useful but other categories weren't. Anyway, if you use this site well, you will find some awesome informations!

"Food and Drink." This website tells you about the Aztec crops and drinks but it wasn't really useful. So if you want to find a lots of informations, you probably want to use other sites.

Thompson, Ruth. The Aztecs. Minneapolis: Sea-To-Sea Publications.- This book has few of informations about how the Aztecs lived. Most of the pages includes activities like making an Aztec headdress or making a mosaic picture. This book doesn't really give a lot of informations.

Santella, Andrew. The Aztec. New York: Children's P, 2002.- This book gives good informations about how the Aztecs lived, cooked, and believed. All the informations were useful but this book only included some of the main facts about the Aztecs.