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Where do tomatoes come from? South America

By |2018-04-20T00:18:42+00:00June 23rd, 2017|Food, South America|

History of tomatoes: Wild tomatoes Wild tomatoes in the Andes The earliest tomatoes were little sour berries. They grew on low bushes in dry, sunny places in the Andes mountains in South America, beginning about 350 million years ago. Tomato plants are related to nightshade, which is poisonous. So the leaves and stems [...]

Where do sunflowers come from? North America

By |2018-06-01T10:58:55+00:00June 23rd, 2017|Food, Native American|

Wild sunflowers or Black-Eyed Susan flowers Where do sunflowers grow wild? Sunflowers grew wild all over North America. From the Paleo-Indian time on, many different groups of people picked sunflowers and ate the little seeds. Where do sunflower seeds come from? Sunflower seeds grow in the middle of the flower, packed tightly together. They are [...]

Where does sorghum come from? African food

By |2018-04-17T22:27:15+00:00June 23rd, 2017|Africa, Food|

A field of sorghum growing Sorghum, like millet, is one of the plants that African people figured out how to farm and then spread to the rest of the world. It's a kind of gluten-free grain, about five feet tall, that grows wild all across Africa, Asia, and Australia. Sorghum doesn't need very [...]

What is barley? History of food

By |2018-04-19T10:29:28+00:00June 20th, 2017|Food, West Asia|

Barley ready to be harvested Barley's a kind of grass, like wheat, that is a good source of carbohydrates for people. Barley is different from wheat mainly in that it will grow with less rain, so you can grow it more different places. Also, barley doesn't taste as good as wheat. So poor [...]