Food of America’s
Today’s;America;is;“the;land of;plenty”;in;terms;of;food choices, though that wasn’t al- ways;the;case.;Early;settlers;to
America struggled with having enough
Researching the food of America’s
of year, though harvest season can be
Cookbooks, basic cookware, and computers are all tools that might be helpful
in this historic food adventure.
Starting this unit with a discussion is vi-tal;for;today’s;learners,;since;they;have
food sources. Ask students to respond
to the following (true) scenario: You
sea voyage. You are in an unfamiliar
restaurants, or farms to get food. What
do;you;do?;Before;discussing;this;chal-lenging predicament with students, have
each learner make a list of all the foods
people might gather or hunt in this new
Foods of the Old World and the
The colonists, or people who came to settle
grew in Europe would not grow well here.
The growing seasons and climate are not
which foods were safe to eat. For ex-ample,;they;weren’t;familiar;with;blue-berries or cranberries. Some colonists
thought that tomatoes were poisonous
and wouldn’t eat them, for fear of getting
Have students research what foods
Wampanoag;tribe);introduced;to;the;col-onists. Learners can make charts featur-ing;the;foods;eaten;by;early;settlers,;no-ting if those foods were from Europe or
the New World. Be sure to look at corn,
berries, and so on.
In addition to fruits, vegetables, and
grains, early settlers got much of their
England, Middle, and Southern Colonies
in the days of the earliest settlers. Lila
Perl’s Slumps, Grunts, and Snickerdoodles:
What Colonial America Ate and Why is an
excellent resource to use here.