Nobody went hungry in the Inca empire. The
commoners ate little meat, but all people ate well.
Inca were the first to grow potatoes. There were many crops. The big
three were corn, potatoes, and quinoa, which is a seed used to make
flour and soups.
The three staple crops were
corn, potatoes, and quinoa - quinoa seeds were used to make cereal,
flour, and soups. They planted grew tomatoes,
avocados, peppers, strawberries, peanuts, squash, sweet potatoes, beans,
pineapple, bananas, spices, and coco leaves to make chocolate. They kept honeybees.
Inca grew more food than they needed. Stored food was dried and
kept in special buildings. Because they lived high in the Andes, where
it was often cold, it was easy to dry food. First, they left it out to
freeze. Then they stamped on it until most of the water was out. They
left it out in the sun to finish drying. And presto - dried food.
Inca invented terrace farming. They lived in the mountains. Flatlands
were rare. So, they simply created flat land by building steps of land
for agriculture down the mountainside. This was great for irrigation.
Instead of rainwater running down the mountainside, the Inca channeled
it through each step. They also built aqueducts to
carry water where it was needed.
were great farmers, with clever solutions to their farming