Because of the rocky, mountainous terrain and poor soil of colonial Massachusetts, corn was the only major crop grown in the area, but beans, pumpkins, rye and squash were also grown in limited quantities. The settlers learned how to grow the crops thanks to the Wampanoag Indians who lived in the area. They also relied on fish and livestock for food.Continue Reading
In addition to using it to sustain themselves, the Massachusetts settlers relied on corn, livestock and fish to create a booming agricultural industry. Fur trade, lumber and shipbuilding were also major industries at that time.
The Massachusetts Bay Colony was founded in 1630 by John Winthrop, just 10 years after the Pilgrims founded Plymouth colony in the same area. The colony was often struck by long, cold winters, which also made farming difficult. The colonists of Massachusetts experienced less disease than the warmer colonies.Learn more about Food History
Colonists baked pumpkin pies by stewing pumpkins in milk, honey and spices before cooking them in shells or pots placed on hot ashes. Pumpkin pie with a pastry shell didn't exist until 1651 when the French recipe "tourte of pumpkin" was brought over by English settlers. Other recipes used by the colonists through the late 1700s include "pumpion pie" and "pompkin pudding."Full Answer >
Food in the Massachusetts Bay colony consisted of stews, vegetables, boiled meats and corn meal. The average family ate a dish known as hasty pudding, which was made with milk and cornmeal. Stewed or baked beans were also served as was Indian bannock, which was made by mixing water and cornmeal and baking it above the fire for bread; sometimes a variant was made using rye meal that the colonists baked with peas and beans in a brick oven to make brown bread.Full Answer >
The crops grown in France include barley, wheat, corn, rye and oats. France is one of largest producers of wheat in Europe and accounts for 5 percent of the world’s production of wheat, making it fifth in the world in the production of wheat. As of 2009, about 61 percent of the French agricultural output consisted of crops that totaled €36.4 billion in value.Full Answer >
While modern-day Ojibwa eat some typical American dishes, the traditional cuisine of this Native American tribe includes corn, pumpkins and squash, as well as dried and smoked fish and meat. The Ojibwa use maple syrup as a seasoning and to make candy.Full Answer >