6) What plants did the Timucuas eat?
They grew these foods in the gardens: corn, squash, pumpkins, beans, and sunflowers.
They grew gourds to make into bowls and birdhouses. They grew tobacco to use in ceremonies.
They collected these foods that grew wild: blackberries, grapes, peas, peppergrass, yaupon holly, acorns from oak trees, hickory nuts, pigweed, dandelions, huckleberries, sabal palm, saw palmetto, plums, maple sap, mushrooms, and many more.
They collected these plants for other reasons: Willow tree bark was used to make aspirin. Wax myrtle leaves could be rubbed on the skin as bug spray. Cypress tree trunks were made into canoes. The branches and trunks of hickory trees were made into bows. Rivercane (like bamboo) was used to make arrows. Palm and palmetto leaves were woven into mats and baskets and used to make the roofs of their huts.
REMEMBER: It is DANGEROUS to eat any wild plant because
1) It might be poisonous!
2) It might have poisonous weed killer or bug spray on it!
3) An animal might have peed on it!
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