Like lemons? Quinoa? Thank the food explorer for bringing them to your plate.


Like lemons? Quinoa? Thank the food explorer for bringing them to your plate.

Botanist David Fairchild grew up in Kansas in the late 19th century. He liked plants, he liked to travel, and he found a way to combine the work of the American agricultural sector.

Portrait of David fairchild.

Fairchild tropical botanical garden.

At the age of 22, he created the usda foreign seed and plant introduction department, and in the next 37 years, he traveled the world looking for useful plants to bring back to the United States. He visited all continents except Antarctica and back to mango, quinoa, jujube, cotton, soybeans, bamboo and each spring in Washington, d.c., of the Japanese cherry trees blossom, and hundreds of other plants.

All considerations host ali Shapiro and Daniel stone said, “food explorer: the real adventure planet botanist who changed America eat what”, it describes the fairchild sometimes painful adventure get familiar with the food, we eat and we take for granted today.

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How prevalent is the Fairchild travel gourmet?

It’s very rare. This is a time when people travel very short and travel is very difficult. It is usually a boat or a steamboat.

However, fairchild has visited more than 50 countries and encountered a variety of people, some hostile, some diplomatic, some friendly. He went beyond disease and was arrested, almost always with a seed fetch.

He met at a certain moment in typhoid fever, he in the Malay archipelago arrows at him, while he was looking for quinoa, he almost falls off the andes, a canyon on a mule – but he survived.

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Fairchild looks for strategies for plants.

When he started, many of us were doing new jobs – awkward, unequipped.

He could steal things like Corsica, looking for new grapefruit or lemon. He was arrested and had to leave soon.

But he eventually developed a conversation with people, entering the market, observing what people were eating and their strategies for growth. He then sent back seeds and cuttings to try in the United States.

How does Fairchild make sure he finds the next big thing?

A watercolor of Corsica lemon grown in California in 1899.

DG Passmore/U.S. department of agriculture watercolor collection.

In 1903, while traveling in southern Africa, he found a pint sized pineapple – the size of a banana – very small. He thinks everyone wants a little pineapple, but the pineapple growers in the states and South America say, no, people want bigger pineapples. Now, 100 years later, we have a bigger pineapple.

Fairchild is a genius or lucky.

He was lucky. He found a way to meet the travel of his country. The labor force in this era is mostly farmers, who need food to grow. America’s growth is food.

About his efforts to improve existing U.S. food crops.

In the late 19th century, American beer was not very good. Germany has been brewing beer for centuries. Fairlight travels to Bavaria to find better hops to brew better beers. Now, Germany knows that it has great hops, and in the evening, dogs keep the hops.

Fairchild may steal some of the hops, but he sees it as an opportunity for diplomacy. He became friends with growers, drank with them in the beer hall, and one of them said, ‘I’ll give you some hops, but you can’t tell anyone, you’re leaving tomorrow.

The role of food in the United States as an immigrant.

Apple comes from kazakstan, bananas from New Guinea, pineapples from Brazil, oranges and lemons that helped boost Florida and California’s economy. They originated in China… Almost every food we eat is an immigrant.


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