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

The Romans cultivated me as early as 200 BC and in mediaeval times I was regarded as an aphrodisiac. Mixed with borage and soured cream, I was made into a soup served to newly-weds.
In Christian art, my trifoliate leaves were used to symbolise The Holy Trinity. Pagan tradition echoes this in that the three leaves are thought to represent the three-fold Earth or Mother Goddess.
In Victorian flower language, my berry symbolizes perfection and “sweetness in life and character.”
Native Americans thought that my wild berries were “a special gift of Creation” to children and women.

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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 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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