Cultivation of Peanuts was by the Aztecs and the Mesoamerican people. On his first voyage to New World, Christopher Columbus and crew were the first Europeans to taste peanuts in 1492. The portuguese brought back the peanut, a legume (Archis Hypogaea) as a cheep food for slaves, from there they travelled to Asia where the Chinese and Thai incorporated it into their cuisine.
- Aztec Food & Agriculture (Article) – Ancient History Encyclopedia
The Aztec civilization, which flourished in central Mexico between c. 1345 and 1521 CE, was able to provide, through a combination of climatic advantages, diverse artificial irrigation methods, and extensive farming know-how, an astonishingly wide range of agricultural produce that gave them one of the most varied cuisines in the ancient world.
- Aztec Farming – Aztec History
Aztec farming has become most famous because of the brilliant chinampas system that Aztec farmers used. Certainly there were a number of techniques used in the Aztec empire.
- Aztec Farming and Agriculture – The Aztecs & Tenochtitlan
Like every civilisation in history, agriculture was one of the most important sources of sustenance for the Aztecs. However, they had to develop unique methods for Aztec farming and agriculture since their city-state, Tenochtitlan, was founded on the swampy grounds of Lake Texcoco
- Aztec Agriculture: Floating Farms Fed the People – History on the Net
Agriculture, along with trade and tribute, formed the basis of the Aztec Empire. As such, growing enough food to feed the urban populations of the Aztec cities was of major importance.
- How did the Aztecs get their food? Sustainable farming in Aztec times …
The basis of Aztec diet was corn (maize). They cultivated numerous varieties of corn, as well as many other crops including beans, amaranth and squash. .