Recently, while reading one particular section of the book ‘Gun, Germs and Steel’ by Jared Diamond, it once again reminded me of a thought that I had many years ago.
The topic was related to food production and mentions that while we are accustomed to eating almonds, many almond varieties found in forest land are bitter and contain a chemical that gets converted into Cyanide – poison.
The thought that was triggered: It must have been interesting times for early humans with regards to their eating habits. Each day must have been an adventure, where the task of eating was made interesting due to the fact that no one was quite sure about the ‘edibility’ of fruits and vegetables.
So, each day, many people must have picked fruits from the plants around them and tried to each them. Some of the fruit must have been bitter and would have been spit out immediately, while others must have been sweet and tasty. In severe cases like wild almonds, on eating such fruit, some people must have keeled over, dead.
Eating must have been an adventure each day.