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Additionally grown have been greens, even though normally in smaller plots for intake by way of the farmer and his family members. end result integrated melons, pomegranates, dates, figs, and grapes. a tremendous variety of bees supplied honey utilized in truffles. as well as vegetation, the traditional Egyptians trusted farm animals for foodstuff. a few of this cattle, together with oxen and donkeys, used to be used to aid with the paintings of plowing and harvesting. Later, round 1600 b. c. e. , camels and horses have been imported from Asia for related reasons; camels have been unknown in Egypt throughout the time of the pharaohs. in a different way, the Egyptians additionally saved sheep, pigs, goats, geese, and livestock for intake in addition to for hides and milk. Dried animal dung used to be placed to take advantage of in cooking fires. 22 agriculture: Egypt HARVESTING The dry season begun in March and endured to July. this era was once known as shemu (also shomu), which means “the drought. ” Harvesting often happened in may possibly or June and infrequently in April, ahead of the subsequent flood all started. Grains have been harvested utilizing sickles made up of wooden that was once reduce and glazed to shape a pointy facet; via Roman instances sickles made from iron have been turning into extra universal. huge estates made use of touring harvest groups, who all started their paintings early within the season and the maturing of vegetation downriver because the season improved. (The Nile flows north into the Mediterranean Sea, so downriver ability in a northerly course and upriver refers to a southerly path. ) simply because harvesting concerned loads of paintings in a comparatively brief time period, approximately every person participated. farm animals was once then allowed to graze within the fields to consume the stalks left in the back of. additionally, negative humans frequently harvesters, hoping they can scavenge a few bits of grain for themselves. After the grain used to be reduce with sickles, it needed to be bundled. occasionally the bundles have been loaded onto the backs of donkeys, yet frequently they have been carried in sacks suspended from poles, every one pole carried by way of males. The grain used to be then taken to a dry position to endure a method referred to as parching, or drying out the grain in order that it didn't later get moldy or rot. There, the threshing strategy might commence. employees unfold the grain, nonetheless on its grassy stems, in a fenced or another way contained position the place the floor used to be packed difficult and primary conscientiously wiped clean. Donkeys then trampled it. In a few locations cows played this task. This trampling helped separate the grain from the chaff, or the seed coverings and different particles that isn't eaten. in the course of the subsequent step within the harvesting technique, referred to as winnowing, staff used huge forks, like pitchforks, to scoop up the straw, abandoning ordinarily grain. The straw was once saved to be used within the creation of dust bricks, which have been reinforced via the inclusion of the straw. utilizing sieves made from palm leaves and reeds, workers—usually ladies at this stage—sifted the fabrics to additional separate the grains from the rest smaller bits of chaff. ultimately, the grain was once able to be saved in granaries for later intake. The fields of historic Egypt have been hugely effective, really due to the fact vegetation have been grown with no advantage of smooth instruments or fertilizers.