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Weeds: the forgotten good food

publication date: Nov 1, 2001
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Many popular crops of the present time once were weeds. Even grains, today’s most commercialized crop, are domesticated from formerly wild grasses. Weeds were used for human consumption since historical records can be traced. Many parts of the plants; leaves, seeds, roots, stems, were used as food or medicine, making the diversity of ancient diets very high. Two well-preserved mummies from the Iron Age found in Denmark whose stomach contents were examined were found to have eaten 66 different plant taxa.

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