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Hellenistic economy – ancient Greece

By | 2018-04-22T12:28:03+00:00 July 6th, 2017|Economy, Greeks|

Hellenistic economy: a sculpture of a woman selling vegetables at the market Mercenary soldiers After the Peloponnesian War was over in 404 BC, everyone in Greece was poorer than before, and many men who had been soldiers were out of work. So a lot of those men went to be mercenary soldiers for [...]

Where do pinto beans come from? South America

By | 2017-06-22T22:02:55+00:00 June 22nd, 2017|Food, South America|

Pinto Beans (USDA photo) Beans evolved along with the other flowering plants about 360 million years ago. Bean plants are a kind of vine or bush, and the beans grow in pods. There are lots of beans that grow wild in Africa and Asia, so people were already used to eating beans before [...]

History of Lentils – West Asian Food

By | 2018-04-16T12:29:33+00:00 June 22nd, 2017|Food, West Asia|

Brown lentils Lentils are a type of bean, native to West Asia. They grow on low bushes, and can do well with very little water. The lentils themselves are the seeds of the plant. People have surely been gathering and eating lentils since they first came to West Asia, about 60,000 years ago. [...]

Healthy refried beans – Food history project

By | 2017-12-05T15:48:46+00:00 June 22nd, 2017|Central America, Food|

Tacos with refried beans inside (thanks to Taco Bell) You've probably already eaten refried beans lots of times, but if you haven't, why not start now by having a taco with refried beans in it for lunch or dinner? Mexican restaurants There are lots of Mexican restaurants all over the United States where [...]

Easy lentil soup recipe – Cooking up History

By | 2017-06-22T01:46:02+00:00 June 22nd, 2017|Food, West Asia|

Ethiopian food Three suggestions for projects with lentils: 1) Go to an Indian or Ethiopian restaurant and try something with lentils in it. 2) Make lentil soup at home. Here's a recipe: In a large saucepan, put a few spoonsful of olive oil. Chop an onion and two stalks of celery and two [...]

Where do carrots come from? Central Asian food

By | 2018-04-19T14:54:20+00:00 June 20th, 2017|Central Asia, Food|

History of carrots: Wild carrots (Queen Anne's Lace) Carrots are from Central Asia Wild carrots probably evolved with the other flowering plants, about 360 million years ago in the Cretaceous period. Like apples, carrots are native to Central Asia, where there are many kinds of wild carrot. That's why horses, which come from [...]