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History of wheat farming – West Asia

By |2018-05-07T16:17:58+00:00June 23rd, 2017|Food, West Asia|

Wheat history: a field of wheat Did early humans eat wheat? Ever since people left Africa for West Asia, about 70,000 BC, they have probably always eaten wheat, which tastes good and is also a good source of carbohydrates and not a bad source of protein. Wheat is native to West Asia, so people [...]

Where does sugar come from? India

By |2017-06-23T01:18:05+00:00June 23rd, 2017|Food, India|

Sugar cane harvest in India Sugar cane began to grow wild in India and south-east Asia about a hundred million years ago, when grasses evolved from earlier plants. When people first walked to India, about 60,000 years ago, they probably began to eat the sugar cane pretty much right away. For people who [...]

History of rye bread – Central Asia

By |2018-04-16T12:29:35+00:00June 23rd, 2017|Central Asia, Food|

A field of rye growing Like barley and wheat, rye's a kind of grass that is a good source of carbohydrates for people. Rye is different from the other grains mainly in that it will grow much further north, in colder climates, and in poorer soils. So people who lived further north, in [...]

Rice history: Where does rice come from? South-east Asia

By |2018-05-04T16:53:44+00:00June 23rd, 2017|China, Food|

Rice history: A bowl of brown rice What is rice? Rice is a kind of grain, or grass, like wheat, millet, or barley, that provides carbohydrates to people who eat its seeds. In south-east Asia, rice grows wild like other grasses. (More about the evolution of grasses) Rice farming: 6000 BC - first China, [...]

Where do oranges and lemons come from?

By |2018-04-26T10:08:40+00:00June 22nd, 2017|China, Food|

Oranges and lemons come from earlier fruits; this is a type of citron called Buddha's Hand Wild ancestors of oranges and lemons The first wild ancestors of oranges and lemons probably evolved in Australia and New Guinea. The first people probably began eating them soon after they arrived in Australia, about 30,000 BC. [...]

When did people start to eat honey?

By |2017-06-22T12:23:35+00:00June 22nd, 2017|Africa, Food|

Chimpanzee smashing a beehive to get honey Bees first began to make honey about 200 million years ago, long before there were any people. People almost certainly ate wild honey even before they evolved into people, as monkeys do when they can get it. Chimpanzees strip leaves from sticks and then push the [...]

Corn history – Where does corn come from? (Teosinte)

By |2017-12-31T17:48:18+00:00June 21st, 2017|Central America, Food|

Corn history: Corn on the cob Teosinte and corn Corn is a kind of seed, like rice or wheat, that comes originally from a kind of wild grass that grows in Mexico called teosinte. Corn has lots of carbohydrates, but not as much protein as wheat or barley. Corn also has some vitamins, [...]

Why are chestnuts a famine food?

By |2017-06-21T00:30:52+00:00June 21st, 2017|Food|

Chestnuts Chestnut trees are related to oak trees, and like oak trees they probably evolved early, around 66 million years ago, around the end of the Cretaceous period, just before the dinosaurs died off. Wild chestnut trees grew in the eastern half of North America and all across Europe and northern Asia. (Horse [...]

Where does yuca root come from? South America

By |2018-04-19T15:22:44+00:00June 21st, 2017|Food, South America|

Yuca root history: Yuca plants after they're pulled up Yuca's from South America Yuca is a South American plant that probably first evolved around the same time as the other flowering plants, about 350 million years ago. When the first people walked south into what is now central Brazil, high up the Amazon [...]