Analysis of North America's weeds reveal the crops, trade, and cuisine of early indigenous people


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I’m dreaming of a world where this is the most important Mueller investigation we have to think about…


“Erect Knotweed cake” doesn’t have that same roll-off-the-tongue mouthfeel as “tortilla.”


We could change the name.
Kiwi (fruit) was deemed a better market name for the Chinese gooseberry, and although 猕猴桃 rolls nicely off my tongue, I do not think you could pronounce it correctly.


Good point, I wonder what the original Illini or Chickasaw word for the plant is. It probably sounds a lot nicer.

Closest I can find is wheat in Chickasaw language:

tili’ko’ nihi’

I looked for erect knotweed, polygonum erectum, buckwheat, grain, etc. All I could find was wheat.


Ask those guys, maybe they’ll have an answer (certainly not me, I barely know my hometown neighbor’s Cree language…)

Imagine all that knowledge that was lost. It’s like all those dinosaur fossils or greek tragedies that we will never find.




One could re-dub it something like “American/Native buckwheat,” since it’s in that family. Not the same roll-off-the-tongue, but not so awkward (on multiple levels), either.



maize was already edging out crops like erect knotweed.

Oh, I work with some of those, not fun…


Yes. and it is another fragment in retracing lost knowledge.


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