The oldest, perhaps, grain and main ingredient of the diet of the ancient Greeks was the Zea or Zeia! Referred to as Zeia, rye, Emmer and sometimes confused with asprositi (german. Dinkel), or Rye, or even with corn, and a word Zea is the scientific name of Maize. But what was really Zea? And did it “disappeared” it s use, these days?
Zea (Triticum dicoccum) is one of the oldest foods known to man.Samples have been found in excavations of prehistoric settlements around ancient Greece, Asia Minor is dating 12,000 years eg He was one of the first cereals “tamed” the main man and cultivated species of early agriculture in the Fertile Crescent (Fertile Crescent), namely Palestine, Syria, the Euphrates and Tigris to the Persian Gulf. Samples of exploitation dating back 10,000 years ago, have been found in North Africa. Numerous ancient writers refer to Zea and important properties: Homer saying “fire tech zeiai t ‘SD’ crisis evryfanes white”.But in the Old Testament reference “31 But the wheat and Zea ….. The physician Galen (2nd century BC.) Reports spelled as the third most nutritious cereal after wheat and barley and Herodotus (5th century BC.) Says that the Egyptians manufactured exclusively of bread and Zea disdained as wheat and barley. Theophrastus (4th century BC.) Distinguishes clearly spelled from Zea, marking the first as the most efficient among many other grains.
The nutritional value is undisputed, moreover, is not surprising that the etymology of the word “zeidoros” (one who donates life) comes from this grain and the port of Piraeus “Zea” named after where the ships loaded the grain! After a long oblivion, younger scientists “discovered” again and especially after the investigations of the English Allen. These investigations showed that Zea contains 40% more magnesium than other grains. This ingredient helps in the treatment of cramps usually occur after a long ride. Magnesium also activates enzymatic processes of metabolism. It contains high levels of the amino acid lysine, which makes the pasta produced from Zea, highly digestible. The pasta they can find one in the shops of organic products. The ancients did not eat bread from wheat.The grain had to feed the animals. They ate only bread or barley Zea and in need only of barley mixed with wheat. Alexander the Great’s army harbored only Zea, to be men of healthy and spiritually developed. If the ancient Greeks ate wheat bread would not have such a high spiritual development.
The year 1928 and progressively banned until 1932 completely abolished the cultivation of Zea in Greece. Indeed until the dictionaries “disappeared” the term Zea! Only in the dictionary “Helios” is a relative description, the later mostly dictionaries the word is analyzed as a feed! Followed by the cultivation of wheat mutant, the purpose of this operation what else? The stupefaction of the Greeks. As one researcher has said in England in the mutant cause shrinkage of the brain in animals. The Greeks suffer by biological warfare?
SOURCE: GS AFFANTIS “The HISTORICAL DEMAND
published in the newspaper “Argolis Development” on 29/3/12 No. 608 F.