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Early Farming Communities Often Ate Weeds, Other Wild Plants, UCLA Archaeologist Finds
UCLA ^ | March 30, 2006 | Meg Sullivan

Posted on 03/31/2006 8:40:59 AM PST by SunkenCiv

Thousands of years after the advent of agriculture, ancient farmers in India routinely foraged for wild plants -- even weeds -- when times got tough, a UCLA archaeologist has found. In fact, they may have eaten a flower now used today in Hawaii for leis, a weed considered invasive in the American West and a relative of the acacia plant that now grows beside Southern California freeways, said Monica L. Smith, the article's author and an assistant professor in the UCLA Department of Anthropology and who also heads the South Asian archaeology laboratory at UCLA's Cotsen Institute of Archaeology.

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TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: civilisation; godsgravesglyphs; india; invasion
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To: SunkenCiv; Renfield

Tossing a bit of trivia into the salad, the gunnysacks often used to collect wild greens were often referred to as 'pokes'.

In the days before our sophisticated (refrigerated) food distribution system, a lot of wild greems were popular because they emerged very early in the spring--before anything in the garden was producing and folks were plain hungry for something 'green'. The other plus is that it's 'found food'--the labor being only in the finding as opposed to the planting & tending...and collection is something that kids could be tasked to do.

My mom grew up in the Ozarks--they kept hogs, chickens and a garden. But they also foraged for food--from early greens to summer berries to nuts in the fall. And they ate a lot of small game, too.

21 posted on 04/01/2006 4:31:08 AM PST by elli1
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To: cripplecreek

wonder if they ever smoked any "weed"?

22 posted on 04/01/2006 5:31:19 AM PST by buck61
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To: elli1

I've been a forager since I was a child. Where I live now, in Soutnern Maryland, pawpaws and serviceberries are particularly abundant.

23 posted on 04/01/2006 8:19:00 AM PST by Renfield (If Gene Tracy was the entertainment at your senior prom, YOU might be a redneck...)
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To: stuartcr

My Grampa's definition of weed may apply. He used to say that a weed is "A plant growing in a place other than where you want it."

Makes sense to me!

24 posted on 04/05/2006 9:32:24 AM PDT by FrogMom
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To: FrogMom

Me too.

25 posted on 04/05/2006 9:37:17 AM PDT by stuartcr (Everything happens as God wants it to.....otherwise, things would be different.)
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