I am heading to Mexico for a sabbatical! I will be based in the lab of Dr. Angelica Cibrian-Jaramillo at LANGEBIO. I am excited to look into different domestication systems and to develop new collaborations with Mexican researchers.
For fun, I will be blogging about my meals. I am particularly interested in doing for fun is to look at the how the cuisine has been shaped by native and introduced crops.
Fish and shrimp- unknown?
Avocado (Persea americana, Lauraceae; Mexico)- Probably derived from the Nahuatl word āhuacatl [aːˈwakat͡ɬ]. The oldest remains are from Puebla (Wikipedia entry)
Lime – (Citrus x latifolia, Rutaceae; SE Asia?) – Limes are hybrids with varied genetic backgrounds. The domestication history of citrus looks complex.
Maize – (Zea mays mays, Poaceae; Mexico!)- Maize originates from the Balsas River Valley.