Foods That Influenced The World Essay

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On November 25, we celebrated Thanksgiving. Most people had turkey and dressing, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. While most people think of foods like pecan pie and cornbread stuffing as being southern in origin, they don’t realize that what their eating has it’s roots in the native American culture. I intend to show how much of the food we eat today was first cultivated by the native people of the Americas. Moreover, the impact this food has had upon the world.
When the early explorers sailed back to Europe, they took with them plants and food native to the new world. Foods like the tomato, corn, potatoes, chili peppers and chocolate. Through Spain, they made their way through
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Vodka today commands 20% of the U.S. liquor market, and is one of the most popular drinks worldwide. In America today the potato is a facet of everyday life from the mashed potatoes we eat with our fast food chicken, to the potato that is a staple with pot roast, to everybody’s favorite McDonalds french fries.
The tomato is another plant that has acquired global prominence from humble origins. It originated with the Inca and migrated north to the Maya and the Aztecs, where the Spanish brought it to Europe, and like its cousin the potato, it is a member of the Nightshade family. The tomato took sometime to gain a foothold as people believed it to be poisonous, but when it took off, it took off energetically. The Italians and French were the first to embrace it. Today the tomato is taken for granted as a common menu item. We consume it everyday in pizza, Italian food, and in almost any salad you can think of. It is the main ingredient of two of the world’s most popular condiment's ketchup and salsa.
There is another member of the Nightshade family that has made an incredible journey from its humble origins member is the capsicum or chili pepper. When the Spanish came to the new world there were only four types of pepper the Cayenne, Bell, Jalapeno, and the Tabasco. The pepper then began its long strange journey of transformation, and worldwide
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