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How do hunter-gatherers eat their vegetables?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 07, 2011 at 12:04 PM

A question about raw vs cooking, and about different cooking methods, more specifically about cooking plants. Cooking makes it easier for us to digest and absorb the nutrients, but it can alter or destroy them too.

How did they prepare the tubers they ate? How did they prepare their leafy greens? ...

I guess it probably is not that important, but none the less, the question...

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Travis, thanks for the Hadza perspective. Marlow's book is on the shelve right next to me. It will the next one to read...

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on September 07, 2011
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If the Hadza are at all representative of HGs as a whole, they eat at least 10 species of tubers that the women dig up with sharpened sticks for 2-3 hours before it gets too hot. They then build a small bonfire and put the tubers directly in the roaring flames and roast them for about 5 minutes. Their tubers tend to be far more fibrous than ours, so they chew pieces of them to extract the juice and spit out a fibrous quid. After having done this, they haul the remaining tubers back to camp and roast them for the others.

The Hadza eat no leafy greens.

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on September 07, 2011
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Travis, thanks for the Hadza perspective. Marlow's book is on the shelve right next to me. It will the next one to read...

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