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Foods the Americas Gave the World

I'm doing some research for a pre-Columbian dinner (details to come shortly) and while I knew that a lot of our indigenous food was a real gift to the world, it's almost staggering seeing it in a list like this. It's not complete (I left off a lot of the hard-to-find exotic fruits and edible weeds) but it's impressive!

LIST OF AMERICAN FOOD PLANTS
Source: Foods America Gave the World
By A. Hyatt Verrill, 1937 L.C. Page & Co Books

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Agave
Cacao
Sarsaparilla
Sassafras
Corn
Quinoa
Squash
Sunflower
Wild rice
Avocado
Gooseberry
Blackberry
Sapote
Blueberry
Cacti (nopales and tunas)
Cashew
Cranberry
Elderberry
Grapes (particular species are native to N. America)

Potatoes
Guava
Mamey
Papaya
Persimmon
Pineapple
Raspberry
Strawberry (Particular strains found in Chile and Colombia)
Achiote
Beans
Chiles
Chayote
Tomatillos
Lambs quarters
Tomato
Mushrooms (not exclusive to the Americas)
Peanut
Purslane

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Can you imagine an Indian curry without a chile? Italian food without tomatoes?
I would have bet that persimmons and purslane were Asian. Do you know? I've seen purslane listed as both Asian and as Mayan.

Images: The top illustration is from Mexico: A Study of Two Americas by Stuart Chase and the photo is a detail from a mural in the Palacio Nacional in Mexico City, both by Diego Rivera.

Comments

Rachael

You missed potato!

David Valentin

Steve, have you seen this?

http://www.metaefficient.com/food-and-drink/heirloom-beans-efficient-flavor.html#more-673

Steven Sando

You are right Rachael. But blame me, not the book!

Thanks David. That's a nice link. At least three of the photos are from ranchogordo.com, but that's ok as long as they link to us.

Robert H.

See this link. It's about Native American food, diabetes reduction and more; from the "Santa Fe New Mexican". Definately read this. (Tepary beans,Tuna and more). The'old'ways are'new'again.....
~Robert H.~

http://www.santafenewmexican.com/Food/Author-to-host-Native-foods-talk

robert hamilton

Traditional Tohono O'odham Food System: http://www.tocaonline.org/Oodham_Foods/Oodham_Foods.html

~Robert H.

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