Science Quiz / Plant History and Cultivation

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Can you name the plant given a brief description of its history and cultivation?

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These are South American in origin grown in Chile and Peru. In the 18th and 19th centuries a blight in Europe caused a famous famine.
This plant is thought to be native to the eastern Mediterranean region. The edible portion grows from underground rhizomes called crowns.
This plant is native to Asia but introduced to Africa and Europe before written history. They have hairy leaves and tendrils. Insect pollinators are necessary.
This plant is of African origin and introduced to the mediterranean and India. It requires warm growing seasons. Pods are eaten and used thicken stews.
This plant is a hardy perennial native to southeastern Europe. It is grown as an annual to prevent it from becoming a weed pest. The roots are used in a famous condiment.
This plant is native to Ethiopia and Sudan and the African equatorial lowlands. It has been used by the Arabs since 600. Only 4 of the 70 species are used commercially
This plant is thought to have originated in central South America. It wasn't until the 1880's the industry became significant in Hawaii.
This plant is native to North America and Europe and were first used for food about the 3rd century A.D. They are cool season crops grown mainly for their roots.
This plant is a cool season biennial that is grown mainly in Europe, England, and Canada. Limited amounts are grown in the U.S. They are sometimes known as Canadian turnips.
This plant originated in the Americas and was domesticated at least 5000 years ago. It was a staple crop of the Native Americans and is a major world grain crop today.
This plant is native to the central and south American tropics and was introduced to Europe by Columbus. They are highly prized for their flavor, color, vitamin C, and pungency.
This plant probably evolved from a primitive nonheading cabbage. It develops leafy buds resembling miniature cabbage heads about 2.5 cm to 5 cm along the stem.
This plant is thought to be native to the mediterranean area. It was written of as a medicine in the 5th century and cultivated as a food crop in the 1600s.
This plant originated in Asia Minor, and there is evidence of its use by the Egyptians in 4500 B.C.It made it to China by the 5th century. Varieties include buttercrisp and cos.
This plant is native to the eastern Mediterranean area where it was used as a food as much as 3000 to 4000 years ago. It related to the onion and is grown for its thick leaves

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