BANANAS, which are slightly radioactive, have been recorded in history since long before the birth of Jesus Christ and they are probably the first fruits ever cultivated by man. That was originally in:
BEANS have been cultivated from as far back as 9750 BCE according to archaeologists, and that makes them the oldest cultivated crop in mankind’s history. They were first produced in:
CASSAVA was first cultivated in 6,600 BCE, and recently has been adopted to feed to crickets that are being raised for food in underdeveloped countries. But cassava originally comes from a place that is nowadays called:
CHOCOLATE (COCOA) was originally called xoxoalt, which means ‘bitter water’ and the ancient people who first cultivated it believed that it was a gift to humans from a god named Quetzalcoatl. Cocoa has been cultivated since 350BCE, originally in what today is:
COFFEE, a popular beverage that can kill the average human being with only 10 grams, began to be cultivated in the 9th century before Christ in what today is:
GARLIC, which is a vegetable and a member of the onion family, has been used in cooking for 5,000 years. It is healthy for many reasons, but the most interesting is that it boosts our immune systems and therefore affects our moods in a positive way. Garlic was first cultivated in:
LEMONS, which were first served with fish because in the Middle Ages people believed that if someone swallowed a fishbone, the lemon juice would dissolve it. But even before that time, they were cultivated as an antiseptic and an antidote to poison in:
ONIONS, which were staples in prehistoric diets, used to be worshipped by the Egyptians and have been cultivated for more than 5000 years, beginning in:
POTATOES were first introduced in Europe in 1536, and over 99% of those cultivated today originate from a Chilean species. But the original potato actually came from:
RICE, which is known as crop suitable for countries with low labor costs and high rainfall, is the second highest worldwide production, after corn. Nowadays rice sustains 2/3 of the world’s population, originated 5000 years before Christ in:
Ground meat, aka Chopped meat or hamburger meat, was invented in the 1200s by famous horsemen who stayed on their horses for days and ‘cooked’ and ground meat they had hunted under their saddles. Think of Genghis Khan and steak tartare. They lived in what are 2 countries today:
STRAWBERRIES, the only fruit that bears its seeds on the outside, were first cultivated in 200 BCE. They are interesting because they give off aroma molecules that trick our brains into thinking they have more sugar than they really do. They seem sweeter than blueberries, but are actually only have half the sugar of blueberries. Strawberries were originally from:
SUGAR has recently been proven to be more addictive than cocaine. It became a treasured luxury when in the year 500 BCE man started to press the juice out of cane and boil it into crystals in:
TOMATOES, which Americans used to think were poisonous, were first cultivated in the 16th. Century. Every kid learns in elementary school that tomatoes are classified as a fruit, but it happens that in the USA, they are legally classified as a vegetable also. It was in 1893 that the United States Supreme Court officially granted tomatoes dual classifications. Tomatoes are native to:
The word cliffhanger comes from cliffs. Duh. Cliffs are vertical, or nearly vertical, rocks that have been formed by erosion and weathering. There are lots of famous cliffs, but the first ones that come to my mind are the White Cliffs of Dover, probably because there was a popular World War II song about them that was part of my childhood, and also because they are on the historical English coastline.
When one thinks of cliffhangers, England and its gothic novels always come to mind. Cliffhangers are the kind of story, book or movie that uses suspense either at the end of an episode or a scene. A good example was the way the final episode of Game of Thrones, season 5, was done. Jon Snow was dead. Or was he? Those of us who sweated it out until season 6 was aired were never really sure. The writers used old-fashioned melodrama, suspense and uncertainty, and the audience was left as if hanging from a cliff in a state of tension and apprehension. And that’s a true cliffhanger.
This part of the blog will not be able to offer any nail-biting cliffhangers, but it will have classes in series, and I hope they will be interesting enough that you will want to come back and read what happens next, even if you don’t lose sleep anticipating the next chapter. Enjoy.