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Old 04-12-2016, 12:29 PM   #11
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Technically, the only food that exclusively belongs to us is corn. When Europeans like Columbus made contact with people living in North and South America, corn was a major part of the diet of most native people. When Columbus "discovered" America, he also discovered corn. But up to this time, people living in Europe did not know about corn. Nice list of foods there, however, all but corn came from somewhere else.
That being said, the salads such as Cobb, Caesar and Waldorf have a traceable history in the USA, along with Toll House Cookies. Oh, and Buffalo Wings too.

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All members of the nightshade family of plants originated in Central and South America - in addition to tomatoes, that includes eggplants, all peppers, tomatillos and potatoes.

Nightshade Family Vegetables: A List Of Nightshade Vegetables
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Same with tomatoes and squash, which also originated in the Americas and were previously unknown to Europeans. Can you imagine how different Italian food would be without tomatoes?
Blueberries too.
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Blueberries too.

And probably Saskatoon/June berries. And cranberries.
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Old 04-12-2016, 12:33 PM   #14
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The story of the Three Sisters is interesting. One of our master gardener interns is part Mexican and she did her presentation on this topic: Three Sisters Garden: Corn, Beans, Squash - A Native American tradition
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And probably Saskatoon/June berries. And cranberries.
I'm pretty sure cranberries are in Europe as well.
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Have I mentioned lately how much I love this place? There's something new to learn every day.
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I'm pretty sure cranberries are in Europe as well.

http://www.cranberries.org/cranberries/history.html. Concord grapes are native American too!
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History. Concord grapes are native American too!
The Food Timeline--history notes: charlotte to millet
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I also think the Aztecs were the first to use chocolate, one of the major food groups. Mexico is part of the Americas.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_chocolate
I was going to mention that "America" is fairly broad, North, Central and South.
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Thanks for starting this thread creative, and to those of you who posted links - sounds very interesting! Will be reading through this after my grandson gets picked up later this afternoon.

I agree Kay...I learn something new here every day.
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