In ancient Mesoamerican cultures, kitchens were central to daily life, and indoor vegetable gardens were commonly incorporated into their design. These gardens were often located near a window or in a central courtyard, allowing for sufficient sunlight. Mesoamerican cooks grew a variety of vegetables, including squash, tomatoes, and avocados, in these indoor gardens. The fresh produce from the garden added flavor and nutritional value to traditional Mesoamerican dishes, such as tamales, salsas, and guacamole.