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Sugar and slavery – North America

By |2017-06-23T01:17:20+00:00June 23rd, 2017|Food, North America|

Slaves on a sugar plantation about 1550 AD When European explorers came to North America about 1500 AD, they soon saw that the islands of the Caribbean - Cuba, Jamaica and Haiti, for example - had the right weather for growing sugar cane, and they immediately started sugar cane farms there. As they [...]

Food in Early Central Asia

By |2018-04-16T10:38:08+00:00May 31st, 2017|Central Asia, Food|

Dried sour yogurt balls in Tashkent, Uzbekistan (thanks to Jeff and Becca Zanatta) 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 and steaks, and dried strips [...]

Later Central Asian Food – History of Food

By |2018-04-16T12:29:42+00:00May 30th, 2017|Central Asia, Food|

Russian rye bread In 1500 AD, most people in Central Asia were still cattle herders, and they ate beef, yogurt, and milk from their cows just they way they had in the Middle Ages, under the Mongol Empire. But as Russia became more powerful and conquered more and more of Central Asia, Russian [...]