How a potato helped the Four Corners survive climate shifts

How a potato helped the Four Corners survive climate shifts

The ancient potato may hold answers to present-day challenges
Eaten some 11,000 years ago, the Four Corners potato may have been North America’s first cultivated plant. The cherry-sized spuds are full of nutrients and calories.
Flowering Solanum jamesii. The plants still grow at ancient settlement sites —and in Four Corners area gardens.
Delane Griffin talks with Lisbeth Louderback in his garden, where today he grows the Four Corners potato. During the Great Depression, Griffin and other children collected the potato for their families.

How a potato helped the Four Corners survive climate shifts

Eaten some 11,000 years ago, the Four Corners potato may have been North America’s first cultivated plant. The cherry-sized spuds are full of nutrients and calories.
Flowering Solanum jamesii. The plants still grow at ancient settlement sites —and in Four Corners area gardens.
Delane Griffin talks with Lisbeth Louderback in his garden, where today he grows the Four Corners potato. During the Great Depression, Griffin and other children collected the potato for their families.
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