Skip to comments.Prehistory of Kansas is not what you thought
Posted on 02/25/2006 7:46:35 PM PST by SunkenCiv
"There were people farming here a thousand years before the Kansa got here," said Robert Hoard, state archaeologist at the Kansas State Historical Society. "Corn didn't really kick in as a crop until about 1000 A.D."
The first known crops, he said, were sunflowers and weeds, namely lamb's quarters, goose foot and pig weed.
Agriculture got its first boost from pottery.
"Imagine trying to cook seeds without a pot," Hoard said. "You could do it with a skin bag, water and hot stones, but it would be a lot easier to just put a pot in the fire and cook them into a gruel."
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Something like this I imagine . . .
Ref -- "lamb's quarters" is amaranth, "pig weed" is quinoa. Around here, both are called pigweed, with the quinoa called "red root pigweed", and in other locales, I hear that quinoa is just "red root".
GOOSEFOOT, WHITEIt shares with its near relative Good King Henry the names of Allgood and Fat Hen from its usefulness as a pot-herb and its reputed value in feeding poultry. 'Boil Myles in water and chop them in butter and you will have a good dish,' is an old English saying. It is a very wholesome medicine, as well as a pleasant vegetable, and an excellent substitute for spinach... The young and tender plants are collected by the Indians of New Mexico and Arizona, and boiled as herbs, alone or with other food; large quantities also are eaten in the raw state. The seeds of this species are gathered by many tribes, ground into flour after drying and made into bread. The flour resembles that of Buckwheat in colour and taste and is regarded as equally nutritious. The small grey seeds are not unpleasant when eaten raw.
Botanical: Chenopodium album (LINN.)
Lamb's quarters is in the genus Chenopodium, and is NOT the same thing as pigweed, which is in the genus Amaranthus. They don't look anything alike.
Yeah, I saw that later. Thanks.
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