7 Foods Native to the Americas

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Corn (Maize)

One of the oldest cultivated crops, corn (sometimes called "maize") was brought to the modern-day territory of Mexico by the Olmec and Mayan peoples approximately 10,000 years ago.
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Avocados

Avocados were produced and highly valued by inhabitants from the region of Mexico and Central America centuries before they became popular on toast.
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Peppers

Thousands of years ago, indigenous peoples of Mexico, Central America, and South America added spice to their food by growing chili peppers for both culinary and medicinal purposes.
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Potatoes

Despite the common misconception that potatoes are an Irish crop, potatoes were actually carried back to Europe by "explorers" throughout their travels.
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Beans

Along with squash and corn, beans were one of the essential "Three Sisters" and completed the trifecta necessary for a healthy diet.
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Tomatoes

Although they are frequently connected to Italian cooking, tomatoes were first domesticated by the indigenous people of Mexico in South and Central America.
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Tomatillos

Since the Aztecs brought them under domestication about 800 BC, tomatillos have been a staple of Mexican cooking. The tomatillo fruit, also known as tomate verde in Mexico