Is the Carolina Runner No.4 peanut "the first peanut cultivated in North America" and does it matter anyway?
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A story of exploration, aristocracy and promiscuity, all in the service of better food. What more could you want?
[podcast] Today’s show is something of a departure; I’m talking about someone who is crucial to global food security and yet who is almost unknown. It’s true, as Jean-Henri Fabre, the French naturalist wrote, that “History ... knows the names of the king's bastards but cannot tell us the origin of wheat.” Most people are…