It is known that the Mayas enjoyed chocolate. The seed from the cacao tree is the main ingredient in chocolate drinks. Just as you drink chocolate milk and hot chocolate, they too drank chocolate in many forms ... from a frothy drink to a pulpy mush.The Mayas referred to chocolate as "The Drink of the Gods" .
They had other food such as cornmeal, maize, black beans, roasted meat, rabbit stew, turkey and meat. . The principal food of the Mayas was maize (corn). BUG TACOS. yum!
Mesoamerica is described as the "daughter of maize". Maize was the single most important fact of both daily and religious life. More than just a natural resource, it is seen as the principal feature of an agricultural society. The Mesoamericans also obtained food through harvesting, hunting and fishing. They consumed greens, fruits, cactus fruits, such as the pitaya, prickly pear, and maguey worms.
They also ate pineapple, papaya and mamey. They hunted iguanas, frogs,
snakes, and gathered different types of mollusks. One can see their sources
of food varied greatly, and were rich in nutrients. Mamey Sapote
remains today a popular fruit in Florida, the Caribbean islands, and Central
America. It is sometimes cultivated outside of the Americas. Fruit is
large, up to a foot long with orange flesh tasting somewhat like a flavorful
pumpkin. Many varieties are available.
FARMING: The Mayas, like others who cultivated tropical rain forest, practiced cut and burn agriculture. Because growth is so rapid in tropical rain forests, the nutrients provided by dead plants and animal droppings gets used up very quickly. Rain forest soil is not fertile ground for growing crops.
In slash and burn agriculture, the Mayans would cut down a patch of forest, burn the felled trees and plants for fertilizer, and then cultivate the plot.
Because the Mayans did not replenish the land, their soil would be too poor for growing food in two to four years. It takes a lot of land to support a family. Each five people probably needed at least 70 acres to grow their food.