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Iroquois food – What did Iroquois people eat?

By |2018-12-12T11:00:28-07:00August 8th, 2017|Food, Native American|

Iroquois food: Corn, beans, and squash growing together Corn and beans and squash People who lived in the Iroquois nation in the northeast part of North America ate mainly corn and beans and squash that they farmed: the Three Sisters. They made the corn into flat bread like tacos or tortillas. Inside the tortillas, they rolled up mashed beans and squash, like a [...]

Native American food – North America – pemmican and succotash

By |2019-02-09T10:12:03-07:00August 8th, 2017|Food, Native American|

Native American food: Inuit carving of a sea lion Hunting and gathering wild food Early on, until about 2000 BC, people in North America ate only wild foods that they could hunt or gather. More about gathering Paleo-Indians in North America All our Native American articles Salmon, wapato, pine nuts and acorn flour These foods varied according to the environment where [...]

Salmon and sweet potato fries

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

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 [...]

Chinook food – What did Chinook people eat?

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

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 [...]

Cherokee food – What did Cherokee people eat?

By |2018-12-19T11:19:25-07:00August 8th, 2017|Food, Native American|

Cherokee food: Corn on the cob The Three Sisters People who lived in the Cherokee nation were mostly farmers. They ate mainly corn and beans and squash (the "Three Sisters") that they grew in their fields. More about the Three Sisters Cherokee history All Native American articles How did the Cherokee cook corn? They made the corn into flat breads like tacos and tortillas [...]

Three Sisters – corn, beans, and squash

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

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, [...]

European food history – Renaissance to today

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

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 [...]

Medieval food with recipes – European food in the Middle Ages

By |2018-10-06T20:22:59-07:00August 1st, 2017|Food, Medieval|

Medieval food: A man ladles porridge from a large pot over a fire Poor people's food was boring! In the Middle Ages in Europe, what people ate depended a lot on how rich they were. Poor people (which was almost everybody) ate mainly barley, or in some places oats. What's barley like? All about the history of [...]

Medieval Islamic food

By |2017-07-23T17:01:31-07:00July 23rd, 2017|Food, Islam|

Orange tree Around the Mediterranean, people continued in the Islamic period to rely on the three main foods from antiquity. Those were wheat (mostly bread), olive oil, and wine. Though technically Islam did not let you drink alcohol, still a lot of people did drink wine. People who didn't drink wine started to drink more tea. The Sogdians brought tea to the Islamic [...]

Indian food history – spices and sugar in ancient India

By |2019-04-03T20:07:28-07:00July 20th, 2017|Food, India|

Indian food: rice, chapatis, sauces, lentils What did people eat in ancient India? The earliest Indians, the Harappans, probably ate mainly wheat and rice, millet and sorghum, chickpeas and lentils. Often they ate fish, if they lived near the coast or a river. Sometimes they ate beef, pork, lamb and goat meat, and chicken. Why chickpeas get ripe in the summer Where does chicken come from? Lots more [...]