The rich ate meat of many kinds, mostly cows and sheep.
The palmtree, imposing when fully grown, was also planted for shade for the tomb of Amasis also, though it is further from the sanctuary than that of Apries and his forefathers, yet this too is within the court of the temple, and it consists of a colonnade of stone of great size, with pillars carved to imitate date-palms, and otherwise sumptuously adorned , trees were brought to Egypt during the reign of the Hyksos or later.
Diodorus thought that the Egyptians were forbidden to eat beans and chick peas in order to teach them the value of abstention. During the times of Ramses III the priests of Thebes and Memphis received donations of beans. The lettuce was dedicated to the god Min, and was often protected by a little statue of the god.
Its leaves were eaten whole, dipped in oil and salt, and were frequently part of votive offerings, having a reputation for being an aphrodisiac and enhancing fertility.
Besides this they pull up from the fens the papyrus which grows every year, and the upper parts of it they cut off and turn to other uses, but that which is left below for about a cubit in length they eat or sell: and those who desire to have the papyrus at its very best bake it in an oven heated red-hot, and then eat it.
Beans moreover the Egyptians do not at all sow in their land, and those which they grow they neither eat raw nor boil for food; nay the priests do not endure even to look upon them, thinking this to be an unclean kind of pulse.