Food cultures

Farming and food throughout history and across cultures


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A History of the World in 100 Objects A History of the World in 100 Objects

The British Museum online exhibition, A History of the World in 100 Objects, has several artefacts which relate to pre-historic food and farming, including a Mayan maize god, a bird-shaped pestle from Papua New Guinea, a clay model of cattle from Ancient Egypt and a 7,000 year old Japanese pot used to boil nuts and shellfish. Podcasts of a linked BBC Radio 4 series is also available.

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African Food Staples African Food Staples

An alphabetic list of the 31 most common food staples in Africa, vegetables, herbs and spices. Under each product/staple, you will find information concerning origin and use. Some historical information is also added under most of them.
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Alliance of Religions and Conservation Alliance of Religions and Conservation

Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC) includes a section on 11 major world faiths' history, beliefs and teachings on ecology.

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Art and Farming in Britain Art and Farming in Britain

Excellent resource, which explores how ‘Art’ and ‘Farming’ are related. Includes sections on "History", "Where are we now"  and "Ideas for young artists". Informs and provides stimulus for thought for those interested in art and agriculture, particularly students and their tutors.

Farming & Countryside Education, 2009
Filesize: Unknown is a source for Mediterranean food. It includes an excellent selection of short articles on food history which is very good on the Islamic contribution to western agriculture and cuisine. Ideal for background research for teachers and older students.

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Did you know?

My wild ancestors originated in Afghanistan over 3000 years ago

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I originated in the South American Andes mountains

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I originated in Southern Europe and Western Asia around 2000 BC ago

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I am part of the rose family and native to Central Asia.

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I am the world’s most important salad plant.

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I come from the Andes Mountains and was first cultivated about 7,000 years ago.

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I originated in South and Central Asia dating back to 3500 BC.

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Scientists are unsure whether I originated in Central Asia, Ethiopia or the Mediterranean.

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I originated in Central and South America

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My wild ancestors are fond throughout Asia and Europe.

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I am a delicious fruit, native to Eastern Asia, with wide culinary and medicinal uses.

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I originated in Persia (modern day Iran) and spread to China around 600AD.

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My small wild ancestors are found in temperate areas all over the Old World.

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I am native to the Central Americas and was first domesticated in Mexico, by at least 2600 BC.

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I am native to the Americas and was cultivated by the Aztecs as early as 700 AD.

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