October 29, 2012

Ancient Crops of the Midwest

Farms/Food: Episode #5

Dr. Gayle Fritz, professor of archaeology at Washington University in St. Louis, decribes the Eastern Agricultural Complex, a group of crops grown thousands of years ago in what is now the eastern and midwestern U.S. These foods, which include a domesticated relative of quinoa no longer in existence, were grown before the arrival of corn and beans to North America. You can learn more about Fritz's research from her faculty page and laboratory guide

image from Kindischer, 1987: via Gayle Fritz. Audio Free Music Archive: Anitek.