How Did We Learn To Eat Beans

The Beet: A Podcast For Plant Lovers

04-04-2024 • 11 mins

If you have ever wondered how humans learned what wild foods were edible, you’re not alone! It took a lot of involved, sustained effort by our ancestors, who gnawed on plants for eight to ten hours per day. The story of how we consumed beans is one fascinating example of how we learned to cook foods.

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Margot Kelley is a vegetable gardener of 20+ years based in Maine and the author of A Gardener at the End of the World, a memoir about gardens, seeds, and viruses written during the pandemic. Her other gardening books include Foodtopia: Communities in Pursuit of Peace, Love, & Homegrown Food, The Meadow (with Barbara Bosworth), and A Field Guide to Other People’s Trees.

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