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8 09, 2017

Central and South American food

By |2018-04-19T15:03:08-07:00September 8th, 2017|Central America, Food, South America|0 Comments

Aztec men sharing a meal When people first came to Central and South America, perhaps about 15,000 BC, they hunted and gathered all of their food. They picked wild potatoes, wild teosinte (the ancestor of corn), wild beans and wild tomatoes and avocados. They hunted rabbits and llamas and turkeys, and fished in the rivers and the ocean. For fun, they probably fermented teosinte and other plants into [...]

8 09, 2017

Where does chewing gum come from? Central America

By |2019-03-25T06:36:10-07:00September 8th, 2017|Central America, Food|0 Comments

Sapodilla tree - where chewing gum comes from Who invented chewing gum? Nobody knows when the first person began to chew gobs of sap from trees, but it was probably before they were really even people. Certainly somebody was chewing gobs of tree sap as early as 3000 BC in Finland. People also chewed gum [...]

1 09, 2017

Mediterranean Food in the Roman Empire

By |2018-04-19T22:46:14-07:00September 1st, 2017|Food, Romans|0 Comments

Woman baking bread Poor people who lived near the Mediterranean Sea had to eat food that would grow in very dry areas, with light and not very fertile soil. Mostly they ate what archaeologists call the "Mediterranean triad" or three things: wheat and barley (made into beer or porridge or flatbread or soup), olive oil (soaked into the bread, or on vegetables), [...]

31 08, 2017

Roman restaurants – going out to eat in ancient Rome

By |2018-05-21T17:00:47-07:00August 31st, 2017|Economy, Food, Romans|0 Comments

A carving of a fast food restaurant in northern Europe Many people in bigger towns in ancient Rome lived in just one room and didn't have kitchens in their apartments. They ate most of their meals in fast food restaurants like this one in the picture. You can see that one guy is sitting at a booth while [...]

11 08, 2017

American food history – tacos to… tacos!

By |2018-04-24T09:45:59-07:00August 11th, 2017|Food, North America|0 Comments

People eating in Virginia, about 1550 AD (from the British Museum) Native American food In 1500 AD, most of the people living in North America, like the Pueblo, the Cherokee, the Iroquois, and the Mississippians, ate mainly beans and corn and squash. Sometimes people ate their corn baked into tacos or tortillas; other times people boiled corn into mush or soup. To go with [...]

10 08, 2017

Green corn ceremony – Native American religion

By |2019-07-25T09:34:39-07:00August 10th, 2017|Food, Native American, Religion|0 Comments

Green corn ceremony: Corn, beans, and squash growing together When people started farming... Like other people around the world, when people in North America started to get more of their food from farming, starting about 1 AD, they also began to hold harvest festivals every year to celebrate a successful harvest with plenty of food to eat [...]

8 08, 2017

Salmon and sweet potato fries

By |2018-04-11T18:28:05-07:00August 8th, 2017|Food, Native American|0 Comments

Cooked salmon Salmon and sweet potato fries makes a yummy and very healthy dinner, and it's easy to cook, too. You'll need the following things: a fillet of salmon (salmon with the bones already cut out, which is most salmon you'll find at the store). We get about 1/4 pound per person, but [...]

8 08, 2017

Chinook food – What did Chinook people eat?

By |2019-03-29T04:48:40-07:00August 8th, 2017|Food, Native American|2 Comments

Smoking salmon the Chinook way, on cedar sticks Why didn't Chinook Natives farm their food? People in the Pacific Northwest like the Chinook and the Nez Perce did not farm or keep animals. There was always so much fish that nobody needed to start farming and they could just keep on fishing for their food. History of fishing Who [...]

8 08, 2017

Three Sisters – corn, beans, and squash

By |2018-04-07T17:05:27-07:00August 8th, 2017|Economy, Food, Native American|0 Comments

Corn, beans, and squash growing together When people in South America began to farm corn and beans and squash, they worked out a system for growing all three plants in the same field that was good for all of the plants and made them grow better than they would have on their own. Women planted the corn first, [...]

4 08, 2017

European food history – Renaissance to today

By |2019-06-11T11:13:06-07:00August 4th, 2017|Food, Modern Europe|0 Comments

European food history: An early chocolate house Trade brings new foods During the 1500s and 1600s AD, European traders brought back all kinds of new foods from places they sailed to around the world. Rich people began to eat sugar and ginger from India. (Combining these two new foods together gave us the gingerbread man). History of sugar Renaissance economy [...]