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  • Garden Seed History

    Posted on February 12th, 2010 Pam 1 comment

    The history of garden seeds is very interesting to me. Wheat has been grown since 9,000 BC and wild barley back as far as 23,000 BC.
    Chili peppers have been around since 7500 BC and tomatoes a fairly young plant, only around since about 500 BC.
    Beans, grain and other seeds have been found in ancient Egyptian tombs and some were still viable.

    The ‘art’ of saving seeds was very important in past history. People diligently saved seeds and that’s what they lived on.

    Even today, saving seeds is becoming more popular, with more people learning how to grow heirlooms and harvest seeds from year to year.

    According to Wikipedia:
    Wheat has been cultivated domestically at least since 9,000 B.C. and probably earlier. Domesticated Einkorn wheat at Nevalı,northwest of Gobekli Tepe in Turkey—has been dated to 9,000 B.C.
    However evidence for the exploitation of wild barley has been dated to 23,000 B.C. and some say this is also true of pre-domesticated wheat.

    Chili peppers have been a part of the human diet in the Americas since at least 7500 BC. There is archaeological evidence at sites located in southwestern Ecuador that chili peppers were domesticated more than 6000 years ago, and is one of the first cultivated crops in the Americas that is self-pollinating.

    Aztecs and other peoples in the region used the fruit in their cooking; it was being cultivated in southern Mexico and probably other areas by 500 BC.
    The Spanish also brought the tomato to Europe. It grew easily in Mediterranean climates, and cultivation began in the 1540s.

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