T he history of potatoes, Solanum tuberosum, is rooted in South America, there are about 5,000 potato varieties worldwide. Three thousand of them are found in the Andes alone, mainly in Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Chile, and Colombia. … BOLIVIA: On the origins of PAPA (potato)
T ea was discovered accidentally by emperor Shen-Nung, 神農氏, approximately 3,000 years before Christ.
T hroughout history, tea, Camellia sinensis, was intimately related to deities, demi gods, and mortals. In Japan, the monastic use of tea as an aid to meditation was celebrated by linking the plant and its origins to Bodhidharma, Daruma 達摩. … *JAPAN: On the origins of TEA
T he discovery of tea, Camellia sinensis, … INDIA: On the origins of TEA
V isiting South America, I was often invited to share a mate, by friendly and curious people. Having a mate or terere means sharing stories and being part of a deeply cultural ritual. … PARAGUAY: On the origins of MATE