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Where do peaches come from? China

By |2019-03-28T05:30:27-07:00June 22nd, 2017|China|

Peaches growing on a peach tree Where do peaches come from? China was the first home of peaches. Peaches are related to almonds and apples, but apples and almonds grew further west, and peaches grew further east. History of almonds More about apples Food in ancient China All our China articles When did [...]

How to make baked apples – Central Asian food

By |2019-02-08T06:09:40-07:00June 21st, 2017|Central Asia, Food|

Eating the history of apples Baked apples Apples are delicious, and you can eat them lots of different ways. The easiest way is just to eat a raw apple in your hand (or, if you have braces, slice it up into sections!). Eating the foods people ate long ago is one way of [...]

Where do apples come from? – History of apples

By |2019-03-05T19:40:28-07:00June 20th, 2017|Central Asia, Food|

The history of apples starts in Central Asia Where do apples come from? Apple trees grew wild in Central Asia and western China beginning - as new DNA studies show - about ten to twenty million years ago, around the time that the first humans were evolving. Central Asian food All our Central [...]

Where do almonds come from? West Asian food

By |2019-01-23T06:23:23-07:00June 20th, 2017|Food|

History of almonds: Almonds drying after harvest (Southern Spain) Where do almonds come from? Wild almonds are related to peaches and apples. Almonds probably evolved about the same time, around five million years ago. Like peach trees and apple trees, almond trees made cyanide poison. That kept sheep and goats and rabbits from eating their [...]

History of pigs, pork, and bacon

By |2018-04-09T23:27:52-07:00June 12th, 2017|Economy, Food|

History of pigs: A wild boar Where do pigs come from? The first pigs evolved in Southeast Asia from earlier, smaller mammals, about two million years ago, and spread out from there all over Eurasia and Africa. Wild pigs live in forests, especially where there are oak trees that make acorns, because pigs [...]

Food in Early Central Asia

By |2019-03-09T07:36:09-07:00May 31st, 2017|Central Asia, Food|

Dried sour yogurt balls in Tashkent, Uzbekistan (thanks to Jeff and Becca Zanatta) Central Asian meat and dairy The nomads who lived in Central Asia, like the Scythians, the Mongols and the Turks, mostly lived on the meat and milk from their big herds of cattle. They ate a lot of yogurt and cheese [...]

Environment of Central Asia

By |2019-03-10T06:51:26-07:00May 31st, 2017|Central Asia, Environment|

Central Asian steppe What is the steppe? By the time the first Neanderthals reached Central Asia, maybe about 100,000 BC, most of Central Asia was covered by hundreds of miles of tall grass, like the prairies of South Dakota or Nebraska in North America. There were hardly any trees, and not much water. [...]

Flowering plants – Evolution and Biology

By |2019-06-11T04:54:00-07:00May 30th, 2017|Biology|

Flowering plants: Lavender flowers smell wonderful! Before there were flowers... For millions of years, the Earth was covered with ferns and pine trees and moss and mushrooms, without any flowers, grass, or fruit. Gymnosperms What is moss? What are mushrooms? Evolution of ferns All our biology articles When did flowers evolve? But about 120 [...]