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The history of oats: Where do oats come from?

By |2018-06-28T13:29:27+00:00June 22nd, 2017|Food, West Asia|

History of oats: Oats growing in a field What is the history of oats? Like wheat and barley and millet, oats grow wild all around West Asia. Probably early gatherers picked oats and ate them. But when people first started farming wheat and barley, about 12,000 BC, they didn't like oats as much. [...]

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 [...]