demoncase wrote: Looks to me like the rhizome base of a bulrush or lily-pad reed, which were milled to make bread for 1000s of years all across the ancient world.
Why in the world would you eat a bulrush if you have corn? Roasted corn on the cob, creamed corn, corn tortillas, corn bread, corn fritters, corn salsa.... (I like corn, btw)
Why?....Here's my reasoning:
1. It's a serious longshot that the Egyptians had corn....Like Thunderball-on-the-lottery-twice-in-a-row longshot
2. An imported grain stuff would be 'high status' food for the posh lot at the top. Humble mudlarks like me would scrape by on what we could grub up....which generally means 'what no-one else wants to eat'
3. Ancient Egypt's 3 seasons centred around the flood plain of the Nile- the 'Inundation' meaning that it was impossible to have year round fields of corn waving in the breeze. As they'd be underwater for a third of the year.
4. It's only with a real understanding of chemical properties of food in 20th century that we consume food for real nutrition and/or pleasure.
While that's always been true about the enjoyment part- Up until the early mid 19th century there was an additional need to consume certain foods to demonstrate status (Witness the middle ages recipes with meat crammed with so much sugar and spices you'd think they were deserts...These were to show you could afford the more expensive imported items)
and for dubious medicinal benefits linked to astrology and other hocum- (Doctrine Of Signatures is a great case in point.)
.....Some bright spark claims that eating bulrush rhizomes helps with sore feet because they look a bit like your toes and they'd all be eating them for medicine.
Warhammer 40000 is- basically- Lord Of The Rings on a cocktail of every drug known to man and genuine lunar dust, stuck in a blender with Alien, Mechwarrior, Dune, Starship Troopers, Fahrenheit 451 and Star Wars, bathed in blood, turned up to eleventy billion, set on fire, and catapulted off into space screaming "WAAAGH!" and waving a chainsaw sword- without the happy ending.