Corn, Beans, and Chocolate

ASK February 2020. The ancient Maya built a great empire, but who fed all the builders and mathematicians?
ASK February 2020 

What did the Ancient Mayan’s grow and eat? This edition of ASK Magazine looks at some of the first farming methods and products. You’ll see how much of what the Mayans used came from the ground, including the clothes they wore.


A Mayan meal has many of the same components we eat today: Avocado, corn, pumpkin, tamales, squash, peppers, yams, beans, and more. It’s crazy to think that the same food and ingredients you can order at a take-out taco place was eaten in 700 CE. Plus, their ingenuity to solve challenges to their settlement and existence has shaped many of our modern conveniences. You’ll see how the Mayans were responsible for various forms of mathematics—but they were also responsible for chocolate, so it evens out. With thorough and entertaining stories and lavishly illustrations, you and your kids can imagine what it was like to spend a day in the life of an Ancient Mayan.


Enjoy features including:

  • Feeding Tikal - farming the ancient Maya way
  • Maya Meal
  • A Day at Cerén by Tracy Vonder Brink
  • A Cool Sip of Cocoa by Tracy Vonder Brink
  • Gifts of the Rain God by Paula Henson
  • The Ruins in the Jungle by Joan Hunt


Regular features of ASK magazine include Nosy News, Nestor’s Dock, Bot’s Mighty Math, Ask Ask, Contest and Letters, and Marvin and Friends.