Monthly Archives: June 2011

The Origin of the Potato: The People’s Food

You’re thinking Idaho, right? Or Ireland? Neither one! Like the tomato, the potato, too, is originally from the Andean region of South America, where more than 5,000 varieties are cultivated! A Peruvian farmer’s market may sell up to 30 varieties of spuds...
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Food Pyramid: Ancient History

We’ve all heard that the great USDA Food Pyramid has fallen: Long Live the Plate!  If you recall, when the Pyramid came out in the 90s, it was controversial, not to mention confusing and...
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Cultural Capsule: The Origin of the Tomato

By Contributing Writer: Norma VegaEvery wonder where the first tomatoes originated? These plump fruits (yes, fruits, not vegetables!) grew wild in the Andes region of South America, but it wasn’t until they reached the central region of Mexico that the Aztecs began...
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