Many of the flowers in our gardens, including roses, originated in China. Other flowering plants include most of our food sources, from wheat and corn to fruits. Nova presents a program on this subject.-- First Flowers. Staple crops have nourished man, and farming with a plow allowed the surpluses necessary for cities to arise.
Wheat comes from the mountains of Turkey near the ancient site Gobekli Tepe. Bread yeast seems to have arisen from beer brewing in ancient Egypt. Chickpeas originated in Turkey. Chickpeas traveled through trade and are found in the deep layers of the ancient city of Jericho. Corn came from South and Central America. Soybeans and rice hail from central China. Each cooked with a recipe that could feed multitudes, provided for the rise of one of the world's civilizations.