When reviewing the recent literature on perennial grains, there are few breadcrumbs to follow. Most authors refer to chapters of Foraging and Farming from the World Archaeological Congress held in Southampton, England, in September 1986. Two chapters present a particularly useful overview of the subject matter: and .
We consider wild-harvested grains to fall in the category of a “perennial grain” both in terms of the biological perenniality of many of the plant species that comprise grasslands and the durability of the system as a whole. Based on our initial research, a prominent reference in the literature on wild-harvested grains comes from Chapter 13 of Lost Crops of Africa: Grains . The authors of this book admit that chapter 13 largely is drawn from . Such wild-harvested perennial grains may support farming families during lean times or a source of grains for nomadic people. In some cases, wild-harvested grains were abundant and desirable enough to bring to market.
Unfortunately for doing background checking, both and lack a carefully reviewed references. Nevertheless, they continue to provide important backing to ongoing literature on perennial grains. The chapter on kreb in the book Future Is an Ancient Lake: Traditional Knowledge, Biodiversity and Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture in Lake Chad Basin Ecosystems combines the information provided by the previous two references on wild harvested grains with visually stunning images, as well as updated highlights of the nutritional value of important species that comprise the kreb complex.
Author: Paul Rog√©
Date: Apr 27, 2014