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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 [...]

Gathering wild foods – History of Food

By |2018-04-19T10:29:26+00:00June 12th, 2017|Economy|

Gathering food: A Roman painting of figs in a basket Gathering means collecting plants that grow wild for food. Early humans gathered all of their food from the land around them. At first, when all people were still in Africa, they mostly gathered figs, just as chimpanzees do. Then they added shellfish - [...]