Tuesday, December 13, 2005

10 things you might not know - and coconuts

An article on the South Florida Sun Sentinel website entited Ten things you might not know about Tutankhamun and his times. One for the kids, maybe.

Just one oddity - the article claims that the ancient Egyptians ate coconuts. I have to admit that this is a new one on me. I hunted round a few books which I have on ancient Egyptian food and drink and plant species, and found nothing. So I then had a look on Google. Various coconut websites say that coconuts are mentioned in the Sallier Papyrus. That is somewhat less than helpful given that there are a number of Sallier Papyri, but a search under the papyrus itself, both in books and on Google, brought forth various interesting odds and ends, but nothing about coconunts. So - if anyone out there knows anything about coconuts in ancient Egypt, please let me know.

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