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Where do apples come from? – History of apples

By |2019-03-05T19:40:28-07:00June 20th, 2017|Central Asia, Food|

The history of apples starts in Central Asia Where do apples come from? Apple trees grew wild in Central Asia and western China beginning - as new DNA studies show - about ten to twenty million years ago, around the time that the first humans were evolving. Central Asian food All our Central [...]

Ancient Egyptian Food – Eating and drinking in ancient Egypt

By |2018-12-11T11:39:20-07:00June 14th, 2017|Africa, Egypt, Food|

Ancient Egyptian food: Actual bread from Egypt's New Kingdom (Vatican Museum, Rome) Ancient Egyptian food: from both Africa and West Asia Because Egypt is in Africa, but very close to West Asia, what people ate in ancient Egypt was midway between African and West Asian food. Wheat, barley, and olive oil all originally came [...]

Food in Early Central Asia

By |2019-03-09T07:36:09-07:00May 31st, 2017|Central Asia, Food|

Dried sour yogurt balls in Tashkent, Uzbekistan (thanks to Jeff and Becca Zanatta) Central Asian meat and dairy 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 [...]

Yeast cells – Cell biology

By |2018-04-16T10:32:23-07:00May 29th, 2017|Biology|

A yeast cell Yeast cells are a very common kind of eukaryote cell. They vary in size, but are usually about four thousandths of a millimeter (4 microns) in diameter, too small to see without a microscope. Yeast are one-celled creatures that eat starches and sugars. Enzymes inside the mitochondria in the yeast cells [...]

Yeast Project – Bread-making – Cell biology

By |2017-05-28T22:06:37-07:00May 28th, 2017|Biology|

A boy making bread You can see what yeast does by making bread at home. It doesn't matter what recipe you use as long as the recipe calls for yeast, but here's a good recipe for bread. You can buy little paper packets of yeast at any big grocery store, and all you [...]