Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Upland red bearded rice
This is a fascinating story about a long-lost variety of rice originally from the southern US. It was rediscovered in the country of Trinidad, where it was likely brought by slaves relocated from Georgia, who had won their freedom and land in Trinidad by siding with the British in the war of 1812. It's great to see people getting interested in food and agriculture that might not otherwise be, and it's fascinating to see links between black American history, ethnobotany, and biodiversity.