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Iroquois food – What did Iroquois people eat?

By |2018-12-05T15:26:45+00:00August 8th, 2017|Food, Native American|

Iroquois food: Corn, beans, and squash growing together Corn and beans and squash People who lived in the Iroquois nation in the northeast part of North America ate mainly corn and beans and squash that they farmed: the Three Sisters. They made the corn into flat bread like tacos or tortillas. Inside the tortillas, they rolled up mashed beans and squash, like a [...]

Ordovician Period – limestone and liverwort

By |2018-04-21T11:56:38+00:00June 24th, 2017|Geology|

The Ordovician period saw the evolution of the octopus At the end of the Cambrian period, about 488 million years ago, most of the plants and animals living on Earth died, because of some catastrophe that we don't know much about. This catastrophe marks the beginning of the Ordovician period. Limestone formed Sea [...]

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 - [...]

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 [...]

Mushrooms, biology and evolution

By |2017-05-29T16:56:04+00:00May 29th, 2017|Biology|

Mushrooms growing in a field About 600 million years ago, a few eukaryote cells developed into multi-celled creatures. Some of them became animals, and some became plants, and others became mushrooms and the other funguses like yeast. So mushrooms are not either animals or plants. Mushrooms are actually more closely related to animals than [...]