I am fascinated with our collective “firsts” in agriculture, our earliest cultivars, our earliest domestications, our earliest preservation techniques. These first forays into plant and animal husbandry are what allowed humans to go forth and multiply, they are the stuff of our religious stories, myths and legends and their long tenure as our companions as well as their historic significance are worth honoring.
My first fruit trees were figs because they are believed to be the first plants cultivated by humans and also, by no coincidence whatsoever, they are also the first recognizable tree in the Hebrew Bible (after the Tree of Life and the Tree of Knowledge).
While I haven’t yet turned my entire lawn from the suburban ornamental grasses that neighbors expect to see into the historic grasses and grain plants the are the root of many of our grain foods (you’re welcome HOA), my fascination with the origins of ancient grains has ticked up a notch lately. To that end, I ran across this great tour of historic grains from around the world by Bob’s Red Mill that was both illuminating and educational onto some know and unknown grains: